I'll Write a Novel Someday…

Do you know how many times I’ve heard and/or read someone say, “Someday, I’m going to write a novel.”

Someday.

I don’t like that word. One day, someday, in the future…. that’s what you put out there to the universe every time you say it, and so all you get back from the universe is more ‘someday’ ‘one day’ and ‘in the future’. There’s a song with lyrics that say, “Before you know it, the future is the past….”

Anyway, the point is, if you put it as: someday I’ll do this, then every day is not ‘the day’ and you’ll spend all your time working on ‘someday’. I got news for you, ‘someday’ never comes. Today is all you have.

So…

What are you going to do about it?

Here’s my take on it… 250-300 words is about one page in MS Word… a novel is usually about 300-600 doubled spaced MS Word pages.

If you wrote only one page per day, just one page – 250-300 words give or take, in less than two years, you’d have a novel.

I know, it seems like a long time, but if you don’t write anything at all, it’ll be even longer, now won’t it?

If you really think you have a novel inside of you… if you’ve ever said, “I’d like to write a book someday,” then make someday TODAY.

Rather, why not make it Nov 1st, and join us on NaNoWrimo?

Even if you don’t win the challenge on NaNo, you will be closer than you’ve probably ever been to writing a book, and every word you DO get down during the NaNo challenge will help reduce the time it takes to complete the novel. Think like this – if you make 10,000 words doing Nano, and then continue with just one page per day thereafter, you are at reducing the year to a year and a half by six months or more. You could consider NaNo your ‘kickstart’ to keep you moving thereafter.

Mostly though, the point is to just get started writing. No book has ever been written that didn’t start with writing the first word, then the first sentence, then the first paragraph and then the first chapter. Quit trying to write ‘a book’ and just write one word at a time. You’d be amazed how quickly it adds up and then one day, you’ll look back and realize that ‘someday’ has become ‘today’, and you’ll hold a finished novel in your hands.

One word at a time….

Keep writing.

Love and stuff,
Michy
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