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Month of Romansh Writing
The first thing to keep in mind is that a long trip cannot be handled like a quick run. Second thing to keep in mind is that if you want to end the trip you started. It is one of the most difficult things about a novel to stop for a while doing something else, fulfilling that dedication or obligation or whatever and resuming it exactly where you leave it and continuing as if nothing had happend.
However, once you have set up a day-to-day work routine, you will find that it has a stimulating and supportive effect in itself. If you have typed at least 500 words or 1000 words or whatever you find your most convenient day-to-day rates of output, the words will be there to work on later. First page is simple: it's thrilling, it's new, a whole word is ahead of you.
On the last page it's simple: you've finally made it, you know what's going to come, you just have to find a resounding final movement. The whole early agitation has gone; you have started to see all the horrible issues you have faced yourself; you are terribly conscious of the tiny scale of your own talents in comparison to the enormous proportion of the job you have taken on; then you really want to give up.
I would say to anyone who wants to compose a novel is not really a suggestion, but a matter. Are you a readership? Any writer I know - any writer I have ever known - is or has been a keen writer. There is no reason to believe that someone who, with resolve and vigour but who did not enjoy the readings, who only used them for information purposes, could actually compose a whole novel if he followed them and followed a few simple principles and directives; but would it be readable?
Favourite and long-lasting fiction is composed because the author is drunk with the pleasure and endless lyophilia that comes from dealing with imagined figures - with the narrative; and this occupation always begins with literary readings; and when it gets you, it never lets go. However, if you are not a fan of storytelling, a keen and dedicated readership, don't ask many people to like your novel.
But on the other side, if you like to read, if you can't picture yourself going on a trip without a little bit of a ledger in your purse or purse, if you're worried and unwell, if you're kept away from it for too long, if your biggest bad dream is to be exposed on a deserted isle without a ledger - then be brave: there are many of us like you.