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Blogging Insights–New Format– # 44 — Novels etc.


There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” (W. Somerset Maughum)


Today’s quote divides the blogging community into two groups.

1. The first group includes those who have written/published a novel/novels, also those who are writing one and also those who have thought about writing a novel but have not yet taken the plunge.

2. The second group includes all other bloggers.

I belong to the first group in that I began to write a novel nearly two years ago but I am still on the second chapter. Many people have a WIP (work in progress) novel.

Blogger Fandango said in a recent post that he has three unfinished novels which he hasn’t completed because they seem like too much work. I can relate to this since I have not been able to put in the time and effort needed to finish my WIP.

Then we have Paula Light who has several published novels to her credit. I am sure there are others in our blogging community with published books to their name.

As for myself I am at the “shoveling sand” stage which is explained in the quote below :

“I am writing my first draft and reminding myself that I am simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build sandcastles.” (Shannon Hale)

For today’s prompt I would love it if you could share experiences about various stages of writing a novel or any kind of book whether poetry or non fiction.

If you belong to the second group you could also write something about that.

Either way let’s keep the ball of conversation rolling.

13 thoughts on “Blogging Insights–New Format– # 44 — Novels etc.

  1. I had a few thoughts on this. I think you were right from the first line. You have to finish the book. You need to be willing to stop doing everything else and just write or you really won’t ever finish it. If you don’t do that, you probably won’t make it to the middle of the book. It’s easy to write a first chapter, but after than, you need to be willing to give up other stuff and finish the book. A lot of people just don’t have the drive. Maybe they just don’t care enough.

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