These days, between self-publishing and boutique presses that turn out everything under the sun, there are more opportunities than ever to become an author. Since the publishing part has gotten easier, let’s focus on the hardest part about writing a novel, the writing. November is National Novel Writing Month, are you really ready to write that book? Are you disciplined enough?
Esther Freud, author of The Lucky Break, explains her process: “When I first began writing I was so terrified I wouldn’t be able to do it, I made myself start as soon as I got up. Three hours was what I promised I’d do. No more or less. To my amazement, this worked. The pages accumulated. The story grew. Within a year, I had my first novel.” Freud cites fear as her deterrent and setting an unintimidating goal as her readiness signal. Here are 15 signs you might be ready to begin writing a novel too.
1. Creatively Brainstorm You have uncontrollable thoughts about the book and its characters.The book is always on your mind and you have a hard time concentrating on what is actually happening around you because you are following your creations through the days of their lives instead.