Writing a novel is something I’ve told myself for years I would do someday. In March of this year, I finally decided (for whatever reason) that this was the year, the time was now, and I was going to write the damn thing. This past week, I finished the first draft. Now, writers of all walks will tell you that this is only the beginning, and they’re right. But you will also learn very quickly that the world is littered with the corpses of those who wanted to try writing a novel and came up short before they finished their first draft, their first act, their first chapter, their first sentence. I’m not an expert, but I’ve made it this far. I picked up a few things along the way, and if you’re thinking of writing a novel, or starting to write a novel, or are bogged down and “blocked” trying to write your novel, maybe some of what I picked up will help you. Note that when I say “novel” I mean whatever your project may happen to be, be it screenplay, novel, poem, limerick, dirty joke. And when I say “you” I mean “me”. Let’s be honest, my entire blarg is an exercise in narcissism. Here, then, are 18 points of Dubious Advice (because nice round numbers are way too establishment for me, man) for Writing Your First Draft of Your First Novel. Continue reading
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I wrote yesterday about Vibrams and why I’m not going to apply for my portion of the class-action suit against them (and why you shouldn’t either, for that matter). But I got so angry and sidetracked thinking about how dumb the whole situation is that I didn’t have the time left over to talk about why the VFFs are awesome. Nope, not just awesome, why the VFFs are my favorite shoe that isn’t a shoe.