A Few Thoughts On NOT Writing Novels

I think it was Walter who said you can’t write a novel if you are riddled with self doubt. Damn right, he is. But in the last couple of weeks, I actually learned more stuff to add to that realization:

1. Being patient with others is difficult; being patient with yourself is impossible.

2. Novel writers were probably the first to acquire bipolar disorder.

3. “Who cares?” is as tough to answer as “What is the meaning of life?”

4. Your opinion does not matter as much as the opinion of the editor or the publisher.

5. Writing fiction is more complicated than real life no matter how much they tell you they are the same.

6. The writer in you is your own worst enemy.

7. If you don’t try, you have 0% chances of getting published.

8. Fuck is a word in the dictionary.

9. Writing novels is hard especially when you don’t know why you are writing it in the first place.

10. Does anyone know the suicide rate of wannabe novel writers?

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94 thoughts on “A Few Thoughts On NOT Writing Novels

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  7. Bipolar disorder – ha ha! I would say that fiction writers suffer from schizophrenia more than bipolar disorder. I know I do! I love to pretend that I’m someone I’m not – for example – when writing, I put myself in another skin. Sometimes I’m a man, sometimes an older woman, my voice changes and my wording is different. Sometimes I have a strong cockney accent. πŸ™‚ don’t give up writing – it’s fun!!

  8. haha! your no. 10 is funny!

    as for ” If you don’t try, you have 0% chances of getting published.” — remember michael jordan? “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” πŸ™‚

    go for it.

  9. oh gulay, i have aspirations of writing a novel. in fact i already have the actors who will play my characters in the movie – that’s counting the chicks way before the hen mates.

  10. I agree with number one, totally!

    It is hard writing a novel. Props to the people who left us sleepless because of their work (I am pointing at the author of Grey)

  11. 6. The writer in you is your own worst enemy.

    I say, The editor in you is your worst enemy. Hahaha. Wala akong patutunguhan sa kababalik ko sa mga naisulat ko na para paulit-ulit na mag-edit. Ayun, walang natatapos. XD

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