Okay, if you’re anything like me, you love to write, or at least have a knack for it; but you’ve probably wondered, like I often have, if you have what it takes to write something big, like, for example, a novel. Ah, the NOVEL. That word seems really scary when you think about how long it might take, or how much editing you’ll have to do, or how original you might have to be to get published.
Alright, so now that I have you totally discouraged, let me fill you in on a few things that may or may not encourage you. First, writing a book is hard. Believe me, I know. My friend and I began writing our novel in 2015, over two years ago, and we still aren’t ready to be published. For a young person like myself, that seems like a loooong time to stay focused on one task. So far, I’ve found that the key to sticking with it is knowing that what I’ve got is what someone else desperately wants to read. I also know that the plot in our almost-book is dynamite, and that no one, at least to my knowledge, has attempted anything quite like it. In short, it helps to envision what your book will become, how awesome it will be.
Secondly, I believe that it is extremely important to ask advice from others who take interest in reading, and not necessarily from really close friends. Sometimes it’s good to get a little harsh criticism. There’s just one thing that a lot of people who ask for advice or comments on their work don’t often seem to understand, and that’s the fact that they don’t have to take the advice. It is a freeing thing to know that I can ask for all the advice I want, but at the end of the day, the decision on what to do is up to me (and my co-author, of course :).
In conclusion, and I cannot stress this enough, do not let the amount of time that the writing takes, or will take, discourage you. As I already mentioned, sticking with it is the best thing that you can do. Also, think about it in terms of, say, a beautiful painting. If the artist decided on a set deadline before he even started, he might end up limiting himself. His work might not show his true potential, and probably wouldn’t be the best that it could be. Not to say that setting a deadline for your writing is bad, or even that it shouldn’t be done, but I think that when you are first starting out, it pays to find out what cramps your style, and don’t do it.
By now you’ve probably taken in about all the mediocre advice that you can handle, and I imagine that you’ve probably heard it all before, so I’ll leave you to crawl, or run, back to your writing, hopefully with the tiniest bit of new inspiration.