Me: Why is writing a novel so hard? It should be easier. It should be possible for me to finish this. I mean, people do it all the time, right?
Brian: Umm… actually no.
Me: Well some people do it all the time, right?
Brian: All the time? Maybe some people, but mostly – no.
Shannon Hale, whose work I love, talks about Forrest Born as being the hardest book she ever had to write. As difficult as it was, she felt like someone out there needed this book and she had to write it. That conviction kept her struggling toward completion.
I realized today that, even if the world does not need my book, I need my book. I’ll keep going, if only to make myself happy. And that’s the only real reason to do anything to begin with.
Great resolve! Looks like you won’t need any words of encouragement 😉 Here’s a hearty good luck anyway! Please let your novel know I left it a message: play nice.