Novel writing

This quotation is so good, impossible not to share it.

For myself, the only rule regarding writing a novel I believe in is: sit down and write.

I’m not terribly good at following it, and I happily say that many books on writing available out there are very good, helpful, a good source of various and varied advice…but, at the end of the day (or at the beginning, whatever your preference), the one thing that never changes is sitting down – metaphorically, if you can write standing up, you’re more than welcome and it’s certainly healthier for the circulation and spine – and writing.

My main issue is switching off the outside world, the one with bills wanting paid, family you worry about, and all that goes on in the world.

But this quote says a lot 🙂

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

W. Somerset Maugham



Filed under Authors, Quotes and Quotations, Writing

2 responses to “Novel writing

  1. In my experience it’s not just about the sitting down. Repeated long walks to reconsider the characters and plot developments are how the good ideas come.


    • Oh, absolutely. There are all sorts of methods that can help overcoming obstacles and such (plot issues, stubborn characters, etc 🙂
      My main point is that eventually, without putting pen to paper/fingers to keyboard, without the factual act of writing, there won’t be any novel 🙂
      Long walks are great for reconsidering, I completely agree 🙂


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