I’ve just finished Walter Mosley’s This year you’ll write your novel. Spend an hour-and-a-half a day writing, Monday to Sunday, he says. Six hundred to 1200 words, a day, he says. After three months you’ll have the frst draft of your (short) novel, he says.
Sounds good, eh? Then what?
Nine months of read-re-read, re-write, edit, re-write, hone, scuplt, chop, slash, re-imagine, re-write, edit, read again. He continually stresses how important that is. Once you’ve done that, you can start selling it.
If you’ve made a resolution to write a novel or improve your writing, you might also like these:
- By cunning and craft by Peter Selgin
- Spunk and bite by Arthur Plotnik,
- The artful edit by Susan Bell
- Snaffle some of our creative writing resources while you’re at it.
So, if you were going to write a novel this year – what would it be about? Go on, think big!