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When You Wish Upon a Star! (What Happened to Your Novel-Writing Dreams?)

April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 116

Whatever happened to your dreams of becoming a novelist?

The beautiful Disney song (remember -from Pinocchio?) told us (promised us) when we were children that if we wished upon a star our dreams would come true. But then life happens.

So what happened to your dreams of becoming a novelist?

  • Did they fall by the wayside when life got ever more busy and hectic?
  • Did well-meaning family and friends convince you that novel writing just isn't worth it? After all, novel writing is highly speculative! "You can make more money doing practical things, like 9-to-5 in a corporation position," they say. (Or some such similar remarks.)
  • Did they get trampled underfoot by discouragement and disappointment?
  • OR did your own inner doubts and fears do their sufficient work of dousing out the flaming embers?

I know all of those nagging questions that you hear on the inside of you:

  • How do I know if I'm really a writer?
  • How do I know if I'm even good enough?
  • Who would ever want to read something that I've written?
  • Is it even worth it to spend so much time on something with absolutely no promise of any return?
  • Did I miss one? Well, you can fill in the blanks.

Face it. A novelist's life is just, well, it's just downright strange. Sort of like the inventor in the basement. It's rather lonely.

How can you keep on believing in what seems more and more like a pipe dream?

The first step, my writer friend, is to learn all you can about YOU. You've got to know what motivates you, what slows you down, what stops you, what excites you, what discourages you. And on and on ad infinitum.

In my teaching, instructing, consulting, this is what I love to do - give my fellow novelists a boost over the hump. To be a guide through the minefields. Because it is pretty scary out there.

I can remember back in my early days of writing (yes, I can still remember that far back), when I would go to the mailbox to mail a manuscript. Way before I ever sent one by email - but that's another story! I was so scared I would literally get all queasy in the stomach, cotton-mouth, with sweaty palms and the whole deal. It was awful. Sheesh! Such gripping fear.

The good part of the story is that I never let that awful fear stop me and soon I was selling hundreds of magazine articles! Whee! I won!

And you can too! Check the night sky. You may find yet another star to wish upon! Let your first wish be:

"I wish to know what is inside of me that is putting the brakes on my novel writing!"

Then go on from there!

Are you an aspiring novel writer? Are you bogged down in the creation of your novel? Are you plagued with doubts and apprehension regarding your fiction and story-telling skills? Let veteran, published author, Norma Jean Lutz help you enhance your knowledge and appreciation of novel writing. Author of over 50 published books as well as hundreds of articles and short stories, Norma Jean is a popular workshop and writer conference instructor. Through her company, "Be A Novelist," she shares tips, concepts, and intricate writing techniques right here: http://beanovelist.com. And on her blog site: https://beanovelist.wordpress.com/ As Norma Jean says, "I love to teach writing almost as much as I love to write!"

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