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Writing for NaNoWriMo ~ A Lesson from Joyce Carol Oates ...
some reading today I learned Joyce Carol Oates sent out
her first novel at age 15. The publishers rejected it because it was about a drug
addict who finds rehabilitation in a black stallion and they thought it too
depressing for young readers.
interesting fact, Oateswould write novel after novel
and always throw them out when she completed them.
She threw them out?
you know I’ve been struggling with NaNoWriMo this year (and it seems every year I do it I struggle) and the overwhelming
encouragement I’ve been receiving has this same theme:
realized writing novels and destroying
them must have been very liberating for Oates
because she wouldn’t have given a second thought that anyone would read what
she wrote. She was free to write and enjoy the process and without fear.
is what everyone’s been trying to tell me!
Sometimes you’ve got to punch me a few times to get the information in...