To get straight to the point, I would really like to write a novel. No, that’s not quite right – I feel compelled to write it. Let’s set aside any question of talent or ability for now: I don’t know if I have any of either.
But, I have had a plot idea banging around the inside of my skull for a couple of years, and I think it has real potential. I’ve made some effort over the past year to carry out some research, complete a plot outline, and complete a course on creative writing, which has helped me build a rough framework.
And yet, until two days ago, I had not penned a single word due to apprehension and fear. I have no experience of creative writing. I have written dissertations, business reports, instruction manuals, class lessons, lesson plans, etc., but none of these really prepare me for the task. At least I think I have a reasonable grasp of the english language and can structure a written document, which is some sort of a beginning….
I eventually came to the conclusion that, even if it turns out an awful catastrophy, I should just go for it. My inner voice tells me I will learn as I go, and will improve through making mistakes. Unfortunately, my book idea is based on ongoing scientific discoveries in the field of bio-chemistry (DNA to be as specific as I can without giving my “gem” of an idea away), and I know I will have a challenge ensuring that I write with a degree of scientific accuracy (so that the plot will be plausable) while making the concept easy enough to understand to fit “thriller” genre. At this point, you will just need to imagine all kinds of corporate conspiracies, cover-ups, double dealings and perhaps a little murder. Although I hate to admit it – it’s inspired a little by the “Dan Brown” school of writing, but hopefully not so “clunky” (sorry, Dan – I’m sure your success / millions will cushion you from such minor criticisms).
Nontheless, I want to try. And so I reach out now to those in the blogging world to share with me their experiences of writing their first novel. How did you begin? What compelled you to believe you could do it? What doubts did you (or others) have? How did you overcome these. What was the end result? What advice would you give to some poor soul who has deluded themselves into thinking they could be a writer?
Please try to be kind, and in return I will keep blogging as I make progress or hit metaphorical walls. Maybe I can get to the end of this and finally “scratch the itch”.
Over to you…
- Sunday Writing Prompt (saphirdrachen.wordpress.com)
- Musings: Discover your writing talent and join a creative writing class (ravallirepublic.com)
- Teaching creative writing: lead your class by example (schoolsimprovement.net)
- Creative Writing – Alan Gillespie (johnbald.typepad.com)
- Five Tips for Painless* Self-Editing (robert-edits.com)
- 1000 Words a Day (brooklindsay.com)
- An Illusion! (fountainpenhandwriting.wordpress.com)