Just Show Up
Novelist Joey C has a different take on all of this:
“My take is that the rules differ for each person and maybe even for each novel. The only unbreakable rule I've discovered is "Just Show UP!" That means sit down at the computer every single
day and even if no inspiration comes, write. Write a grocery list or a letter or a poem or a short story or nonsense words but don't get up until you feel you have something down that you can use.”
So, despite what everyone may say, what the writing books may advise, the friends may suggest, at the end of the day, writing a novel is really about Just Showing Up.
So go ahead and give it a short. Like running a marathon it will be painful/excruciating/maddening but when you are done it will be the accomplishment of a lifetime.
And if it actually sells well, you’ll have made your dream a living.
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