I’m No Novelist

The most important thing I’ve learned by writing this book, is that I could write this book.  What started as an experiment in long-form writing, resulted in a self-published, amateur-edited, no-cover-art story.

The second most important thing I’ve learned by writing this book, is that I’m no novelist.  For the last 10-12 weeks, I’ve persevered only because I refused to be yet another aspiring author of an unfinished book.  I couldn’t live with that, so I soldiered on.

“If you only write when you’re inspired you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist because you’re going to have to make your word count today and those words aren’t going to wait for you whether you’re inspired or not.

You have to write when you’re not inspired. And you have to write the scenes that don’t inspire you. And the weird thing is that six months later, a year later, you’ll look back at them and you can’t remember which scenes you wrote when you were inspired and which scenes you just wrote because they had to be written next.”

-Neil Gaiman

Late nights, early mornings, stolen moments before washing dishes, piece by piece, I got through the outlined chapters.  But I didn’t really like it.  The process was fine, and I’m comfortable saying that the final result is as good as I could get it, but writing such a long story (it’s short for a novel) felt unwieldy.

I prefer short stories and micro-fiction.  I appreciate the finely-honed literary razor to the cumbersome literary warhammer.

And now I know.  This seems like the way my life tends to go: I try something new, and learn that it’s not for me.  Eventually, I’ll eliminate every possible vocation and just stick with whatever’s left.

That said, please download a copy of Etaren.  All the links are on this post.  If you already have, thanks!  Let me know what you thought about it.  I have no way to track the number of downloads, so for all I know, it’s on a few million screens right now.

I’m No Novelist