Will you write your novel this year?

coverI’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.

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So, if you were going to write a novel this year – what would it be about? Go on, think big!

4 thoughts on “Will you write your novel this year?

  1. robertafsmith 19 January 2011 / 8:57 pm

    Six hundred words a day? It has taken me three months to work out what I’d like any biography I wrote to be titled. Why don’t we just start there. So far I have “Piqued too Soon.”; “Mi So Fa” and “Listing to Port” (I love making lists and I do like a little glass of wine). That’s three words per month – how am I faring?

  2. richard 20 January 2011 / 9:25 am

    There’s a wee way to go, Roberta, but Listing to Port is perfect for you! I’d hate to think what my biography might be. How about: You wanted it when?!

  3. robertafsmith 20 January 2011 / 10:53 am

    Or your classic answer to all my AWRF queries – “What Happens Happens”

  4. Lynners 20 January 2011 / 11:32 am

    I bags “More fool me” for the title of my memoirs. Loved Julian Clary’s “A young man’s passage” both book and title.

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