Thursday, August 03, 2006

A Novel Idea

How does one go about writing a novel?

Because now that I'm done with school and the bar, that's really what I want to do.

Yes, I'm looking for a real job, as an attorney (or something related), and I'd love to have gainful employment. (Having job = paycheck (good) but less time to write (bad, but not so bad). Having no job = more time to write (good) but no paycheck (horrifying!)). But whether I have a real job or not, I want to start writing.

And I know what I want to write. I want to write novels. And not just any novels. No, my goal in life is to write one of the five greatest novels of all time (and this has been my goal since like, high school, so it's not just a phase like that model rocket thing I went through).

The really exciting part is that I've actually got two amazing ideas (for two separate novels), that are just brimming with potential; I've got the right ideas to make these some of the greatest literature ever. It's just a matter of actually executing on that potential. Which of course is like saying that all that stands between me and my goal of a 4-minute-mile is the actual running.

So there's a heck of a lot of work to be done. And that's why I ask my question:

How does one go about writing a novel?

And I need a job
So I want to be a paperback writer


Alan said...

group letters to form words, group words to form paragraphs, repeat until satisfied.

dyk said...

Skipping the use of sentences to form paragraphs, I see. Must be a John Stuart Mill fan.

Lindsay said...

the beatles

Lindsay said...

paperback writer

Ben said...

My law school roomate Kenny has written several novels. (None published, mind you. But completed.)

Here's his blog (which, by the way, contains tons of the religious discussion you love):

the marvelous patric said...

i'm working on a series of books myself. because i don't want to robert jordan it, i'm outlining the whole thing, all 9 books, at once. of course, my outline at this point is like 60 pages long, but that's because this is my brainstorming phase and i want to make sure i hit all the big points and know what goes where before i actually start the manuscript. that way, i won't be at like book 8 of 9 and suddenly need another book before the end, thus screwing everyone.

so, that's my suggestion. outline the whole story first without any dialogue and just see how the narrative flows. think of it as a sketch. (can you tell i'm a huge story tellin theory geek?) once it's done, have a few trusted and vicious people read your plot to make sure it works as well as you want it to. then, well, i guess you could go a couple of ways. you could start the first draft, or if you wanted to be really anal and thorough, revise your plot with minimal dialogue to see how characters work together, before you're committed, as it were.

at least, that's how i do things when i write those lengthy books i'm doing, as well as the comics i write.