Creating Two New Novels. Writing One Chapter Weekly. Podcasting As I Go. Welcome to The Experiment.
There’s something to be said about the old advice to, “Calculate the costs”, but sometimes if you look before you leap, you’ll be paralyzed with fear. The below are 3 questions you should NEVER ask yourself before you start writing your new novel.
#3 Will my story sell? – Don’t worry about the market. It’ll be there when you’re finished.
Instead ask: Will I enjoy writing the story? If you’re having fun, that’s all that matters. Write for the enjoyment of writing and you won’t care about the end dollar.
#2 Am I good enough at writing? – You can’t evaluate a blank page.
Instead ask: Am I willing to write the best I can and accept feedback? – Sure you are! Your family, friends, other writers will most likely be willing to give you their two cents for improvements. “It’s okay to write trash, as long as you edit beautifully!”
#1 Do I have the time to write a novel? – I’ll answer this one for 99% of you: No, you do not have the time. But don’t let that stop you!
Instead ask: Will I make the time to write my novel? – “If it’s important, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” If you want to make the time, you will. You will get up an hour earlier or stay up an hour later. You’ll write on your lunch break or your commute. You’ll ask your spouse to be on kid duty a few extra hours a week. You can and will make the time.