So remember that novel I was going to write in one month?
Looks like it's going to spill over into two months.
I am trying to be okay with that. Here's what I've learned so far in the process...
Writing, like anything else, takes discipline.
Some days the words come easy and some days not so much.
Characters will come alive and guide the story if you let them.
And when that happens, it's pretty magical and you step back and go, Damn.
It's good to have friends who are strong, creative souls doing the thing along with you.
They understand when you email things like, This is insane! Why am I doing this?!
And then they remind you, You can do this. Take a break and come back to it. In the end, when you hold your novel in your hands, you will be so glad you stuck with it.
I think writing a novel makes you one part genius, one part crazypants.
Word count and character count are two very different things. But we've already established that.
Talent is cheap. What matters is discipline. ANDRÉ DUBUS