Writing a Novel is Hard

By Zion Loo

Writing a book is harder than you think, I guarantee it. Unless of course, you have heard that ten million times, and you still choose to write regardless, like me. If you are going to write a book, you have to accept that not every step of the way will be sunshine and rainbows, no matter how passionate you are about writing. However, that passion should be enough motivation to push you through it.  If by some miracle, you are writing a novel, or plan to in the future, and this article actually applies to you in some way, my writer friend, here is some of the best advice I can give you. First, do not beat yourself up over sucking at what you write; almost every writer on earth has felt this way… plenty of times. Think of this as a good thing. If you realize that something you wrote sucks, it only means you are successfully finding problems, and that just means you are improving, which is a good thing. In other words, thinking you suck is no reason at all to ever stop writing. Thinking you suck, only means you suck less, in theory. Second, ...write. Write and read some and write some more, regardless of whether or not you are working on some big project right now, because practice makes perfect. I could never in a million years simply tell you how to write amazingly, nor could anyone. Others can give you helpful tips and strategies, but the only way to get better at writing is by writing. Write whatever you want, sign up for a creative writing class at school if you can’t find time to write at home. Writing at some point is better than not writing at all. If you read, you can pick up things you like within a book and things you do not, whereas is if you never read, discovering these things will take longer, and ultimately be wasting a lot of time. Reading other people's work can also make you consider ways of writing in ways you never would have otherwise considered. So read and write a lot and expand your horizons greater and faster.

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