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October 10, 2013 / Meredith

Like, Really Bad

Did I tell you I’m writing a novel?  Of course I’ve mentioned it here before, but whether it sunk in or not I can’t say.  It sunk into me though, as I’m all signed up at NaNoWriMo

The thing is, there are a lot of people who think they can write a novel when really they can’t.  I might be one of those people.  In this age of massive self-publication and digital reading anyone can get published and be read.  But is this stuff worth reading?

I met someone through another blog who was all excited because she wrote a book.  She published it herself and it was available on some kind of download book site.  For some reason she sent me a copy of it for free and wanted to know what I thought.  It was really hard to tell her because it was so, so bad.  Like, really bad.  I made up some comments like I admire your persistence in finishing such a feat.  I didn’t want to lie and say I loved it, and I didn’t want to hurt her feelings by telling her it stunk.  Like, really stunk.  Like, really, really  stunk.

I’m pretty sure if I write a novel it will stink just as bad.  You only have to look at my blog posts to know I’m not that good of a  story weaver.  Then again, a blog and a novel are two different monsters.

My author friend announced after the self-publication of her novel that she doesn’t like writing, never did, and it isn’t her true passion.  “Art is my true passion,” she said.  I don’t know what that means, “art.”  Painting, sculpting, writing music, playing music, dancing?  Well, apparently it was painting and I saw a couple of her paintings.  Guess what?  They were bad.  Like, really bad.

She kind of fell off the earth after that, or so it seemed.  She hasn’t updated her blog in a very long time and I’m curious about what she’s doing.  Has she followed her passion for painting?  Did she take some art classes to get better at it?  Is she back to writing, the thing she didn’t like to do in the first place?  (Which begs the question, why did she attempt to write a novel when she didn’t even like writing?)  Is she doing anything well?

I’ve got to hand it to her though, she’s testing lots of waters and putting herself out there.  Maybe she disappeared because she got too much negative feedback on her writing and painting and decided to just sit in a dark room eating M&Ms and watching Honey BooBoo all day.

Even though I’m pointing fingers at people and their obvious lack of talent, I’m going to take a chance and see what I can do when it comes to The Great American Novel.  I might suck just as badly as the author who disappeared, but I’m going to try it and find out for sure.

And I’m going to do it in thirty day’s time.

The End

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  1. Rachel / Oct 10 2013 9:56 am

    Finishing a book is a wonderful feat. Trying a little of everything is also impressive. I’m sure your friend has found something she was good at.

    But when the grammar is off, and the story goes nowhere, and you could care less about the characters, you shouldn’t be a writer. I have read books that were in the process of being published that fit this description.

    I can see from your blog, though, that you can properly construct a sentence. I think you’ll be fine when it comes to NaNoWriMo. Have any ideas yet?

  2. Meredith / Oct 10 2013 10:27 am

    Hi Rachel! Thanks for your comment. I checked out your blog and am amazed at your goal of one million (billion?) words. I hope you continue beyond that too!

    As for NaNoWrimo, if you’re participating feel free to look me up. I’m registered under my nom de plume of Nola Chase. I have a story in my head and am ready to blast off. The only thing I’ve written in connection to the story is some character descriptions. They are mostly just notes to myself about what the characters are like. During the next few days I’ll be working on an outline so my furious writing doesn’t go off on tangents unrelated to the story. On the other hand, that might not be such a bad thing. Furious writing could lead to interesting twists.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts and other works. Good luck!

  3. Rachel / Oct 10 2013 10:32 am

    Thank you! Yes, I think I found you and added you as a writing buddy on the NaNoWriMo site, so I can follow your progress. If you have a chance, I have a really, really short story here for download: http://rachelhorvath.com/freebies/
    Let me know what you think! Best of luck to you as well!

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