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Friday, July 03, 2009

Still Practising After All These Years

Yes, Goddam E@L, write that fracking novel so that no-one can buy it and it can sit on the airport rack, going around forever as people rush past on their way to grabbing that Clive Cussler formulaic brain balm to use as a flotation device in case their Airbus falls out of the sky.

Well hang on, I do have a full-time job and sometimes I have to work for it. I'm either in the office being continuously distracted (At 5:20pm Friday night; "E@L can you do a presentation first thing Monday morning?") or on the road, in the sky, in a waiting room. Whatever excuse you want, I got it.

Late starting novelists: OK, it takes time to write a novel.


It takes time for most people to learn how to write to novel-length. It takes time to write well at that length. It takes time to write to that length. It takes time to land a publisher and it takes time to get that novel to market. And suddenly, it makes sense why so many debut novelists just happen to be in their thirties fifties.


E@L

8 comments:

Skippy-san said...

Thanks for depressing me first thing in the morning. So it would seem that Hemingwayish novel is not quite in my future.

savannah said...

stop thinking about it and just do it, sugar! xoxoxo

dh said...

Marshmallow is right as usual. We've listened to enough excuses.

expat@large said...

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expat@large said...

DH: some of us have to work.

Sav: didn't you read the article? I am looking for an publisher.

Skip: Hemingway drink here. Hemingway drank there. Hemingway drunk everyfuckingwhere.

expat@large said...

DH: some of us have to work.

Sav: didn't you read the article? I am looking for an publisher.

Skip: Hemingway drink here. Hemingway drank there. Hemingway drunk everyfuckingwhere.

savannah said...

@dh..thank you, sugarpie!

i guess i follow the balzac mode...and i did not read the article, but i will now...anyway, i stand by my earlier statement, darlin. xoxoxo

knobby said...

noted that you've put down 'fifties' in writing now so no backtracking!

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