5 Things

5 Things They Don’t Tell You About Writing Novels

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1. It is far too easy to give up. The rigors of work, the possibilities for a richer, more fantastical personal life, the opportunity to close your eyes for a few hours… writing is far too easy to give up.

2. The hardest part about a rejection letter is getting one right before you’re about to start writing for the day. Sometimes, it makes it harder and sometimes, it makes it easier.

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3. No, actually, the hardest part about a rejection letter isn’t the rejection you get from the form letter you sent. It’s the one for the first few chapters you sent. The letter you sent is no longer to blame. I imagine the letter after someone’s read your whole manuscript would be even tougher to bear. So far, I haven’t had the pleasure.

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4. Some of your friends, no matter how much they love you, won’t want to read your book. Don’t push. You have to be ok with that.

5. This last one I’ll leave you to find out for yourself. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

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