Week 1 Assignments: Type of Novel I Want to Write

Here’s an example of how you could use your weekly novel-writing journey to get your blog off the ground or perhaps give it a kick start. It’s not about sharing the actual words you write. It’s about sharing the experience with others. Gail is one of the 71 people “following” this blog from outside the fishbowl. She works at BSU, she’s an awesome photographer (she took my author head shots), and as far as I know, she’s never tried to write a novel before.

Gail is Writing

Okay, I’ve really struggled with this. The notion of coming up with characters I want to live with and follow for the next few months (or longer). And then, the notion that anything I possibly come up with is….well, kind of lame.

I’m thankful I have my photography career—and the resulting blog(s) that have charted that journey from the early days to where I am now—to remind me that, like anything, this is going to be a process. A process that is going to involve a lot of failures and overall sh-t before it gets better and/or easier.

So I’m just going to jump in. This story may end up being weak. The characters may suck. The plot may fall apart, but at least I’ll have made the attempt to create something in long-form. That’s more than I’ve ever done before.

Here’s where I’m thinking about going (with ALL of…

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One Comment on “Week 1 Assignments: Type of Novel I Want to Write”

  1. gailwerner says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Cathy. They mean a lot. Also, I look forward to your students guest blogging this semester! I hope more of them (and fellow “outsiders” like me) will participate a bit in “conversation” through the comments section on here!


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