April 14, 2006, Newsletter Issue #57: Am I ready to write a novel?

Tip of the Week

A novel is a complicated thing. Multiply the frustrations you´ve felt with trying to perfect a short story by about 10, and that is the level of focus and maturity required to produce a novel. Use your beginning years to hone craft and gain a mastery of language. A novel will likely flow from some idea one of your mature stories generated. So don´t be in a hurry or pressured to produce the Great American Novel.

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