Tips for Writing first novelWriting the first novel
An advisor to a first novel writer.
It is unlike almost anything else you will ever do. It is an arrogant company to put yourself on a blind page and choose that your views, your story and your experience are well-worthy to be put into words on one page and that others want to have them.
It' s often said that you should always just be writing for yourself and not worry about what others think. It seems like you shouldn't even bother about whether your story will even be finished, but if you can show me a novelist who really thinks so when the figures are racing around his face at three o'clock in the mornings, I'll show you a maskur.
The beginning is tough, this heavy anticipation of never-ending words, 75,000 of them usually you need to type until you get to the last page. There' ll be a time when you can't type if the script is just in your mind. Most of the time, however, there will be a blow, especially in the centre of the volume, when you start looking for the lights at the end of the channel and don't even see a clue to the first sun.
At one time she described her writing to Faber as her favorite thing, up in her room, bouncing joyfully through the time. I' m full of wonder, because I belong to the Hemingway Writers' High. He quotes me as saying: "There is nothing to write, you just have to go to a typing machine and bleed".
It' done, the script is readable to the general opinion, you have done something important. But that part of writing is not self-evident to most authors. You' ve got to be somewhere between a Dragons' Den-judges trying to figure out what's really important to do and what's not, and an businessman, because if you don't do your books as well as they can be, sanded and polish, publish and advertise, you have no shot in the ocean of new writing that's out there.
Unlike my kids, The Man On The Middle Floor was the thing I was most proud of in my Iife. To write changes you, is elevating and at the same time oppressive, and it is a mere mirror image of yourself and your thought in a way that is almost nothing else.
Before I go to bed every evening, next to the nice little notebook my editor sent me, I see a photo of my kids and my notebook glowing in the black.