Write a Novel? Easier said than done!

If you’ve read my posts, you’ll know that my goal is to write a novel. Well I started putting ideas down on paper a few days ago and this is not as easy as one would think.  I’ve had thoughts in my head for awhile of what I wanted to write about, my characters, where it would take place and suddenly I feel like it’s not working. No excitement. No progress. No bueno.

I think my problem is getting wrapped up in preparation.

I’ve read a few articles on what I should be doing to start writing my book and I’m finding that instead of me going about it easily, I’m getting wrapped up in preparation. I’m getting stuck in I should have a, b and c done first and it’s throwing my creative mojo all over the place.


I’m going to do is what I’ve always done – Get excited and just start writing. Once I get going I can worry about all of the pieces coming together and how it will fit.

I’m going to start again tomorrow! Wish me luck!



  1. I do wish you “luck”. I actually wish you serendipitous perfection. I have a goal of writing a book as well but haven’t researched how to go about it at all. Like you, I get caught up in the minutiae. I love your solution….put one foot in front of the other and do what there is to do – write. 🙂

  2. Here’s one of my favorite quotes about writing:
    “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
    ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

  3. I think your exactly right about this, writing is always scary, putting thoughts and ideas from YOUR head on paper!? crazy! but as I write more and more I have learned that thinking and contemplating is good and useful but so is just going for it. Editing is valuable and once you have ideas down you can really delve into the writing, thinking about it and changing things, but to do that something needs to be there.
    Going for it is the hardest and most important part of writing and I hope you keep going and trying! Don’t let the preparation get you down, you can do it! YOU can write!

  4. Have you thought about taking part in NaNoWriMo? (http://www.nanowrimo.org); that is how my novel came about (well, I am still writing it though…) I wish you loads of luck with your novel; I find it really rewarding when people want to read your work.

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