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The Fear of The Novel (1 Viewer)

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TheMightyAz

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I remember when I first started writing my 3 (unfinished) novels and looked at where I was and where I needed to get in order to call what I was writing a novel. It was daunting and scary. But put in perspective, it's not actually that daunting. During my time on this forum alone, I've written 25,000 words. That's half of a short novel and a quarter of a long novel. The only really scary part is writing that number of words for only ONE story.
 

TheMightyAz

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Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.
- Ray Bradbury

I'm still taking that year to hone my writing skills but the next project after 'Apparition' is going to be chapter one of a novel I'm going to be writing after that year is over. Temporary title 'The Sixth Chamber'.
 

JJBuchholz

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Fear might actually be a small part of the reason keeping me from starting a novel, mainly because it's a daunting task that didn't
end well for me the last time I made an attempt.

-JJB
 

JBF

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I'm not sure I fear writing a novel-length work so much as I fear not understanding it. Getting the words out isn't the issue - it's having a foundation for the characters and events that follow.

Once I thought I could knock out the three major pieces and come back to fill in the pre-novel stuff with a loose collection of shorts. As it happens, I've figured out that doing the shorts first allows a better understanding of why the longer works play out like they do. I need those to inform later developments, which if nothing else means I'd probably never be able to writing something and go back to wedge in prequels.

Ain't OCD fun?
 

indianroads

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I'm not sure I fear writing a novel-length work so much as I fear not understanding it. Getting the words out isn't the issue - it's having a foundation for the characters and events that follow.

Once I thought I could knock out the three major pieces and come back to fill in the pre-novel stuff with a loose collection of shorts. As it happens, I've figured out that doing the shorts first allows a better understanding of why the longer works play out like they do. I need those to inform later developments, which if nothing else means I'd probably never be able to writing something and go back to wedge in prequels.

Ain't OCD fun?

i can relate. I wrote short stories about my early life for two years before starting on Dark Side of Joy ( my first novel).
 

Taylor

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Well - what's holding you back?

Haha...that is the million dollar question! Not so much something 'holding back'...more like finding the self-discipline to keep going. Everything else I have done that is challenging, has some sort of a hard deadline. This one does not. I haven't really figured out how to deal with that aspect of it yet. Ideas?
 

indianroads

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Haha...that is the million dollar question! Not so much something 'holding back'...more like finding the self-discipline to keep going. Everything else I have done that is challenging, has some sort of a hard deadline. This one does not. I haven't really figured out how to deal with that aspect of it yet. Ideas?

Although it sounds horrid, I impose deadlines on myself. I also have time set aside everyday to work on my writing projects - I'm retired though, so what I do probably isn't possible for most others. Still, try to set a schedule for regular times you will work on your novel.
 

Taylor

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Although it sounds horrid, I impose deadlines on myself. I also have time set aside everyday to work on my writing projects - I'm retired though, so what I do probably isn't possible for most others. Still, try to set a schedule for regular times you will work on your novel.

Yeah, it should be though. When I did my accounting designation I went to night school while working full-time and raising a kid. Somehow that seemed easier...lol! Anyway thanks for kicking my butt, I just put my 'do not disturb' on and hammered out 450 words! OK...back to work....
 

Cephus

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The second you do it once, you realize that it really isn't that hard. You need to be self-motivated to get going, but once you know that it isn't a big deal, all of that fear vanishes. Ever time I start a new novel, the road ahead looks very long. Two weeks later and half-way through, it's not a problem and by the end, I'm ready to get working on the next one.

The fear is completely unwarranted.
 

Taylor

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I just want to point out, this thread wasn't to express why own fear of writing a novel, it was to show people who would maybe consider it daunting, it's not really. :)

Sorry AZ, I didn't mean to create fear! :)

It's a very rewarding thing to do and I encourage anyone considering it to do it! There is lots of support here on WF too. Every time I fall down they pick me back up....
 
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TheMightyAz

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Sorry AZ, I didn't mean to create more fear! :)

It's a very rewarding thing to do and I encourage anyone considering it to do it! There is lots of support here on WF too. Every time I fall down they pick me back up....

That was just a general comment. :) I just noticed it was turning into a 'me' thread again and wanted to avert it. lol

edit: although, having scanned it again, it's turned back into a general discussion.
 

Bagit

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Perhaps think of it more like building scenes that can incorporate into a novel. I do way shorter than novel length, but I've got a few that could be mingled into one fantasy realm and built upon, if I so choose.

Let the words build, the scenes flow out with intrigue/action/comedy/drama/horror, etc. Make your characters stand out. See where that takes you.
 
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