It’s not easy writing a novel and anyone who tells you it is, possibly tells fibs...
Like sixteen year old Jessica Watson’s recent sailing voyage around the world, writing a novel can be a tough endeavor and it’s likely there will be no big fanfare, celebratory party or Prime Ministers' hero-welcome at the end of it either :(
Jessica sailed for over 200 days and covered some 23,000 nautical miles without seeing a fellow human- NOW, that happens to sound a lot like writing a novel, don’t-cha- think? A novel is likely to take over 200 days and some 30,000 words or more!
Does sound familiar somehow, doesn't it?
Well, it should.
The solitude it takes to write a book is likely to have you feeling a lot like Jessica on those “testy” days on the ocean (see day 154 of her trip here) she stated "I think I'm ready to come home now. Love it out here still but enoughs-enough."
Many a writer can feel this way about their novel too, and it’s usually about here that many give up. To add to this loneliness and solitude if you decide it’s time to show people your work prematurely then you have to deal with the criticism and backlash that comes from sharing an unfinished product (by unfinished in this example I mean fully completed 30,000 word novel but not “polished” not fully edited or "spruced-up. It's not ready for sale").
I guess what I’m trying to say in way too many words is,
NEVER GIVE UP!
And from someone younger than I who expressed the same idea so much better,
"I'm an ordinary girl who believed in her dream, you don't have to be someone special to achieve something big. You just have to have a dream, believe in it and work hard. Anything is possible."... Jessica Watson.
See... told you, I couldn’t say it better if I tried.
Good Luck Jessica with the rest of your life journey and good luck to all the writers out there who want to complete their novels and are having doubts.
You CAN do ANYTHING if you just believe in yourself.
Go on now, keep writing!
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