Writing is work

posted Mar 23, 2017, 7:08 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Apr 8, 2018, 1:15 PM ]
Randy Ingermanson publishes a weekly newsletter providing writing tips based upon his years of experience. In this week's newsletter, he wrote about planning and prioritizing your weekly schedule. If you want to write a novel, than times need to be set aside for it. Below is a short section on this topic. 

"Here’s the thing. Your novel is not going to write itself. Big publishers are not going to throw money at you to write your novel. Truth be told, if your novel is never written, nobody will notice or care. (The good news—if your novel does get written, there’s a fighting chance that people will notice and care.)

The brutal reality is that if you want to get a good novel written, you’re going to have to do three things that are highly labor-intensive and that won’t earn you a dime up-front:
  • Develop the skills to write a good novel.
  • Write a good novel. 
  • Polish your novel.
I’m not trying to rain on the parade or tell you there’s no parade. There is a parade and it’s a good one. I’m trying to say that it’s a serious, major effort to make the parade happen, and you won’t get paid for it until very late in the game, if you ever get paid. You’ll need to spend hundreds of hours on this thing. Maybe thousands. You need to find a way to squeeze those hundreds of hours out of an already jam-packed life.

That means giving up some things. Saying yes to writing a novel means saying no to a lot of other wonderful things."