W. Somerset Maugham once said, “There are three rules to writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” Well, I am here to tell you that there actually ARE three rules to writing a novel and I have broken every single one of them. You can’t write a novel without breaking a few rules, but you REALLY can’t write one without breaking all three of these, because we are only human and unfortunately are brains are not wired to forget the things that nag at us every time we sit in front of the computer screen or the piece of paper and try to mold our characters into the people we picture they would be in real life.
Wondering what these so called rules are? Well, sit tight, because I’m not going to tell you just yet. First, let me ask you a few questions. Have you ever written a story and thought that every word you wrote was sheer and utter crap? Well, if you haven’t, then you’re not a writer. Have you ever been in the process of writing something and let it sit for two weeks or more in frustration, because it’s not coming out the way you hoped? If you haven’t, then you’re not a writer. Have you ever read a book and thought you were an insignificant speck in the book world, compared to the author you had just read? If you haven’t, you’re probably not a writer.
Still wondering about those rules? Well, I just told them to you! 1) Don’t second guess yourself, 2) Don’t give up; even temporarily, and 3) Don’t, under any circumstances, DON’T compare yourself to other authors. Everyone has their own way of creating a beautiful story, and just because your way may not be the same as some one else’s way, doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth the journey.
Let your fingers soar over the keys of your computer, even if you feel like the words you are writing are nothing important, because in the long run, your words will impact someone somewhere and isn’t that our ultimate goal as writers? We don’t write to make money or to be famous, we write to tell our story, to introduce a character to the world, and to share a fantasy with our readers that some day, some where, some how is happening. Even if we don’t see it or experience, the stories are true and the characters exist. Remember that and never stop helping others to remember it either. Write. And when you think you can’t write any longer, continue to write. The only word that matters in your mind when you get frustrated over the millions of others, is write. So, stop reading this blog post and GO WRITE!! And if you’re lucky, you’ll create an amazing novel like the one below. 🙂 😉