How to right a novelMaking a novel right
, she sets out to write a bestseller that uses her charmingly dysfunctional family as material.
Like not writing a novel
Then I headed for Bleaker lsland, a wind-whipped, remote and remote Falkland area. The marshlands, rocks and broad sandy beaches would be the ideal setting for my work. Apart from the fact that there was no one on Bleaker lsland to rebound from, no movies or conversations or arts to be inspired by, nothing to do to blow off the heat after a single working days - all this turned out to be as decisive for the typing proces as alone at the workstation.
While warming-up is useful, it is important to differentiate between the scribbling of a novelist and the novel he wants to do. I started my novel quickly on the Isle, with the weakest intentions. It is frightening because it is an inviting way to think deep and thoroughly about what you want to do.
I' ve always been a keen writer-routine reader: at what times of night they work best, what they are eating for breakfasts. At Bleaker Island, since there was really nothing else to do, I was aiming for 2500. Exercise and devotion are important, but to write 2500 words a days does not mean that these words are good.
It is your own liability as the authors and the readers, not your own. At the end I wanted to go home and show something for my stay on Bleaker Island. There is no history that can stand up to this print from the authors. It' truely the case that authors have all the ambition and payment terms and invoices, but when you go and get down to writing, that can't be the main thing.
So the only thing that should be dependent on your letter is the tale you tell. No wonder my novel blew up and I walked off the islands empty-handed. It became Bleaker House, a novel on the couch in my apartment in Peckham, erratic and sporadic between the pleasures and confusion of ordinary living, and so, luckily, each of the above mentioned books was broken.
Stevens is a London-based teacher of fine arts and design at Goldsmiths University. She made her first appearance in 2017 with Picador.