It’s part of my 10 year or – to be a little bit more realistic – my 30 year plan? Who knows, but I would love to write a novel. Fiction of course. With a twist of my real life adventures and people I know hidden in there.
Despite that, I have a few concerns about this dream. I recently discussed these pre-thought jitters with a fellow writer who works for various magazines produced by Rogers Publishing Ltd.
1. People say “write about what you know”.
So…do I wait for divine inspiration to strike me down with a topic, or wrestle with ideas by analyzing, thinking and ruminating for years? Usually when I write blog posts – YES I KNOW, they are much shorter than ‘said’ novel – the topic seems to fall into my lap. Then again, I’ve never taken any creative writing courses and maybe I should before I intellectually fight with ideas.
2. Enough Experience?
Do I have enough experience to write a full-fledged novel? What I mean by this is life experience, so material I can creatively use in relation to plot development, or characters, or page design…it would be thrilling to write a post modernist, intertextual novel. However, it isn’t just life experience that’s my concern here. What about writing experience? Do I have the stamina to write an ENTIRE novel? I’m not entirely sure. It takes me a chunk of time to be satisfied with these posts, let alone make time to write them these days.
Do I have enough of it? My co-worker – the writer – is currently editing her final draft. This task is spreading out over her weeknights and 16-20 hours per weekend. It leaves me thinking…what length of time would it take me to complete a good copy? I would not be happy with sentence structure mistakes like those I’ve come across in The Hunger Games Series. I wonder if I’d remain committed to finishing, knowing it takes years to write, and complete novels.
4. Overall Doubts.
Who would my audience be, and would they enjoy reading my novel? My mom doesn’t even read all of my blog posts, nor do my best friends. I don’t know if I can write something that is appealing to everyone or that people could get lost in.
The future is unknown for a reason, and thinking about these general questions leads me to believe it could happen. Despite all these doubts and seeing the stress of my co-worker while she devotes her time to editing…
I’d still like to do it. Maybe I’m just not old enough yet.