As you may know, I’m writing a novel this month. 30 days. 50,000 words. I did it last year. Whoop. And that novel releases with WhiteFire Publishing in February.
Isn’t this pretty?
I’d thought about writing a post about how to write a novel in 30 days. But there are plenty of those out there. I thought I’d take the how to FAIL at it.
1. Procrastinate. Sleep the month away. Let yourself get so bored with the book that you snooze on your laptop.
2. Let the self doubt monster occupy your thoughts and mind. Self doubt is a jerk. Oh. And those mean and nasty things people said about your writing? That monster’s a jerk, too. Let doubt scream in your mind and you’re well on your way to failing.
3. Over confidence is just as deadly. Thinking that you and you alone are the ultimate gift to the publishing world will not only make your writing stink of egotism, it will also alienate EVERYONE…except yourself. And, really, that’s not cool.
4. Run out of coffee. And food. And toilet paper. These are essentials. Make sure you’re well stocked up so as to not interrupt your writing for a trip to Target…which always takes 45 minutes longer than you intended and $50 more, too.
5. Let fame and fortune become your driving force. Hear me. Please. Writers aren’t rich (unless your name is Stephen King…and it isn’t). They aren’t all that famous, even. Money and fame are bad, awful, dreadful motivators. Do it for love of literature and story. Do it because you can’t do anything else.
Avoid these traps, my friends. As a matter of fact, avoid these traps in just about every aspect of your lives.
Let me tell you something. Come close. This is important.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. In the very image of the Father who dearly loves you. He’s given you abilities to enrich the lives of others and give glory to Him. Don’t let anything get in the way of what He’s given you to do.
You. Are. A gift to this world. Not THE gift, though. But you can be a blessing. Believe it. And live it.
I know you can.
What about you? What are some goals in your life? What keeps you from them? What helps you achieve? I love hearing what you have to say!