Before my post today, I want to apologize. I have no idea how blogging is going to be this summer. I have such an irregular schedule in the summer. We’ll see!
She mentioned that Stephen King once said that we were on the verge of losing the art of the short story. I believe that trend is reversing, with all the short story publications I’ve seen in the last year and a half, as well as with the Amazon Shorts program. (One of the more brilliant things they’ve ever done!)
Ray Bradbury states that one of the biggest challenges with fledgling writers make for themselves is that they sit down and write a novel first-off. As he says, if you haven’t had a lot of practice and you’ve spent a year on a novel, chances are, you’ve spent a year to produce crap.
On the other hand, he says, if you’ve spent a year writing one short story a week, at the end of the year you’ll have fifty-two short stories. Chances are that a good percentage of those will be decent stuff.
Writing a novel, for me, is like a marathon. When you’re training for a marathon, you start out running one mile. Then you build yourself up, until you’re running more miles. You start entering 5K races, then 10K races. After a year or so, you go for that marathon ... but maybe you walk a bit of it.
Of course, others start out with long runs and walks. Everyone’s different.
I suspect there’s as many methods to train for a novel as there are to train for a marathon. Me? Well, I’ve done a ton of short stories and novellas, and my novellas, lately, have become parts of a full novel. My last five novellas were really two novels in parts, LOL. That’s not how novellas are supposed to be written, though, but at least it gives me a little confidence going into the novel.
We just gotta keep growing and striving to improve, I guess.
So how do you train for a novel?