Monday, December 13, 2010

A Resolution

So...guess what? I think I'm going to write a novel.
Confession: I'm scared shitless.

Several people lately, including Magen Toole, have inspired me to take the plunge and just write the damn thing, already. So I've made a new year's resolution: write a novel in 2011. I've been wanting to do this for a long time, and this next year might as well be the year for it. But here are my misgivings: I'm really better at the short stuff-- like poetry and short stories. Perhaps it's because I'm good at giving impressions. I write those poems and stories that leave something to the reader at the end, so there's an element of the inchoate there. But long stuff? I don't know. I'm not sure I know how to develop a situation and a character over the span of a novel.  I'm afraid that my characters will be flimsy and/or unbelievable in the end. I'm also afraid that they will be too much like me--i.e. have all my insecurities, all my idiosyncrasies,  etc. Finally, I'm afraid that the book will have no direction, because as scared as I am that I'll write lousy characters, I've always been much more of a character person than a plot person.

Of course, I shouldn't whine. You do always hear about the book that took years to write. And authors saying what lousy writers they are, but what great RE-writers they are. So, maybe I'm in good company, here.

Anyway, for better or worse 2011 is Laura-writes-her-first-novel year. I've decided. And all you poor souls out there are going to have to listen to my fussy self trying to orient herself. Well, alright--you won't have to listen, but you are all cordially invited to do so. Maybe you all can help keep me accountable to the task. :)

“Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” Gene Fowler


  1. GREAT quote by Fowler! :P Good luck, luv - YOU CAN DO IT!!!

  2. This is so AWESOME! You GO GIRL!

  3. Good luck Laura. I have the same fear...I've started on my novel and then got interrupted for all the things you've mentioned. I'm just waiting until I am sure of my skills before I work on it again.

  4. That was me Abbi Nguyen.

  5. Woo HOO! You are going to do amazing with your creative spirit and literary mastery! I can't wait to buy it when it gets published!

  6. Aww, thanks so much guys! I'm getting excited, for sure!

  7. I am officially following both your blogs!

    We have much in common.

    Good luck with your first book! I've been trying to finish one for over a year now. If I don't finish it soon I'm going to hate it. ;) So here's to 2011!

    - Lauren

    Ladaisi Blog

  8. Here's to 2011, indeed! We can do it together!! What is the premise of you book?

    I'm soo glad you like the blogs, that makes me super happy! I don't post much at the other one, mostly cause I'm not sure people want to hear all my crazy ramblings about my life. But I probably should update it nonetheless. :)I took a looksie at your blog also, and was so pleased to see you're a fellow bookworm! We do indeed have much in common!

  9. Yes, you SHOULD update it! :P I read it religiously ;)

  10. That's an awesome resolution!

    It's totally scary but you can totally power through. Awesome. Good for you.

  11. Ohh, Alena and Lauren...Alas, a catastrophe occurred at the other blog. It got deleted, because of an html disaster. I think I shall make a new one. Sorry for any confusion if you've tried to visit the site. Lol.

  12. Please save me a signed copy :)

    I have tiny, dysfunctional chracters floating around my brain, waiting for me to go and tell them what to do, but I really suck at developing plots, so they gotta wait it out some more before seeing any action. With that said, I give you props for going for it. Writing is defnitely one of the hardest professions EVER, and I have much respect for writers who have the discipline and generosity to share their gift with the world.

    Good luck!



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