Wednesday, November 24, 2010

So You Want to Write a Novel

As I've written about in this space, I'm an aspiring novelist. In other words, it's my dream to get paid to sit around and make sh*t up.

When I'm not writing, or more accurately, when I'm looking for ways to avoid writing, I spend a lot of time reading about the industry, about agents, about the publishing process, other writers' blogs, and so on. It's amazing how many people are either writing novels or want to write novels, and out on the Internet, there are as many different views on writing as there are people. The vast majority of writers I come across are friendly, supportive of one another, understand the process, acknowledge how hard it is, and yet, they wouldn't dream of doing anything else.

And then, every once in a while, you come across someone like this....

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And honestly, given all the "So You Want to...." videos that have popped up in the last month, I couldn't believe no one had done this one yet (at least, I couldn't find one...).

Hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving.

31 comments:

  1. Oh. My. God. This killed me. Dead. :)

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  2. Great video! Isn't that the way it works?

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  3. Hilarious. I wish I'd written it.

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  4. Oh my goodness, this was brilliant. :D

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  5. A writing friend linked to it on her blog - I expect this is making the rounds to much acclaim (and thanks).

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  6. Love it! Hilarious with so much truthfulness!

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  7. So. Funny. Very. Funny. Inspiring!

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  8. Thanks everyone -- it's been really great to see the response to this video!

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  9. This is hilarious! May I put this up on my blog on Writing & Getting Published, with proper attributes of course?

    http://rasanaatreya.wordpress.com

    Regards.

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  10. You forgot the part about, "No editor will be allowed to ruin my brilliant prose." :)

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  11. This was just so AMAZING. Pretty much laughed throughout.

    I hope that it's okay, but I made an icon using one of the lines from the video. I've credited you and provided links to both the video and your blog.

    http://www.livejournal.com/allpics.bml?user=justatiltedlamp

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  12. @Rasana -- sure, that would be fine with me.

    @Becky -- that icon looks cool. thanks.

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  13. Absolutely fabulous. I saw your video on Twitter RT'd by Whispers Publishing and also by Jessica Faust from BookEnds agency. A woman I know told me she wants to write too (I write erotic romance), and I asked her what she likes to read. She said "I never read because I think it taints my writing." My jaw dropped to the floor. Another guy contacted me and asked if I would co-write something with him. I asked what he had in mind. His idea was to write a best-seller. Yup, that was his idea, in entirety. People like that are really out there. So watching your video totally made my day :)

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  14. Hey there, my husband and I are the co-authors of The Essential Guide To Getting Your Book Published (it's actually the new edition of a book called Putting Your Passion into Print), which came out this month. We were hysterical watching your movie. It is FANTASTIC! To thank you, we'd like to send you a copy of our book. If you email us your address, we'll get one out to you ASAP. Congrads! Arielle Eckstut, arielle@thebookdoctors.com

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  15. This video made my night! Aside from being funny, I think it really illustrates the magnitude of what an aspiring novelist is tackling. Some people really don't get it. Well done!

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  16. @shoshanna -- thanks, glad you liked it -- and I can't believe how many people have said how true to life this conversation has been for them.

    @aeckstut -- thanks, I'll be in touch.

    @paul -- thanks. yeah, writing usually blows. at least we have beer.

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  17. This was sooo funny. Quite a few writers are posting it to their FB page. Agents and editors, too. Loved it - and so true. Good luck with your stuff - you already have an audience on you tube.

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  18. Amazing video! I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.
    And it's sad how often I've had this exact conversation with people!!

    I posted it on my own blog and I can't stop watching it!
    http://florenceinprint.wordpress.com

    - Florence

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  19. I couldn't stop laughing any of the times I watched this one. So good! I'm really glad I discovered your videos.

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  20. What a funny video. Thanks for making it!

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  21. Totally loved the video. Hardly a scratch away from painful ;)

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  22. Great video! Watched it twice. I actually know a guy who wants to write a novel, yet doesn't read. He also wants six figure deals. He can spell, but his personally stinks. lol

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  23. This video is blowing up everywhere! Kudos:)

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  24. I love that video. A publishing friend sent it to me earlier this week and I posted it on my blog on Tuesday. I'll go back now and give you due credit!!

    It was great.

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  25. Very nice! HuffPo had a little post on the video, so I guess that means it's about to go viral. Viral for a video about writing and the publishing industry, that is. Not truly viral, like a guy crashing his skateboard off the roof of a highrise.

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  26. Ivan Zehdra-MaychayneDecember 4, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    True enough, it's an amusing little skit... but I think there's a *reason* that lots of people think it must be easy to get published... which is the STAGGERING quantity of dross that publishers shovel at the public. Publishers, agents and the industry as a whole shouldn't whinge about the size of their slush piles when they're complicit in promoting a culture of literary crud and foisting it on the market. I mean - if Cheryl Cole can write a book, anyone can, right..?

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  27. thanks everyone for your comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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  28. I can't add anything of merit. I come from the hoards of people that saw your video being forwarded.

    As I've run into a few lucky cases for writers (those that had seldom read but managed to dazzle the right people at the right time), I have to agree there are many different kinds of people under the sun. While I'm not the most avid of readers, what's fundamentally true is that writing takes work.

    You don't call it a day as a writer, you're always observing and you're always crafting.

    Keep up the writing sir.

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  29. OMG, this was so hilarious. I couldn't stop watching it. I, like many others, also put in on my blog, tweeted it, shared on FB...It's funny yet true. It actually inspired a posting about how in some ways, I was a bit unrealistic in my writing. Thanks again for the laughs, it was great.

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