8 Things You Must Do BEFORE Buckling Down to Write that Novel

Enjoy a laugh with Jenny this morning.

Are you following her? You should. She doesn’t post as often as me (does anyone? my New Year’s resolution to post less lasted almost 12 hours) but she’s all about the “quality not quantity” things – whereas I myself probably am not.

J. A. Allen


It happens all the time. People read a crappynovel and think, hey, I can do better than that. A fraction of those people have an idea for aplot that potential readers might find interesting—if it’s raining. And a Tuesday. Because people love reading on Tuesdays, especially if it’s less than seventy degrees and the wind is coming from due north.

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A fraction of that fraction of would-be authors decide to sit down and plot the idea out. A fraction of that fraction of that fraction is able to fend off the inevitable self-doubt monsters whispering that the book is going to suck, and churn out a reasonable first draft. And,a fraction of that fraction of that fraction, of THAT fraction is able to outlast the procrastinatory distractions offered by the interwebs, members of their real-life family, and pesky employment obligations to COMPLETE a (somewhat) viable book.

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