Sunday, October 21, 2007

Beginnings

I have begun a new novel. Writing my arts column (the editor named it State of the Art), writing e-mails, writing on this blog, are all satisfying and keep me going. But creating a new world and new characters in that world is not only satisfying, it is joyful, one of the great pleasures of my life. I am trying something new. I am writing it on the computer rather than in notebooks. And for the hundredth time I am to trying to outline a plot. I seem to have no talent at all for plotting. I have a novel nearly finished, but it is about a woman whose husband has had a stroke, and because my husband had one in January, I can't bear to go back to it just now. I haven't published a novel for thirteen years although I have written many since then. If I needed the money, was more ambitious or wasn't so lazy, I would perhaps be more persistent at revising and sending the novels to publishers. Or perhaps I just can't bear the rejection.

3 comments:

Poor Mad Peter said...

I'm hardly a published novelist, but as a reader I can say that a novel without much of a narrative but very interesting character studies is well worth reading.

Also, I know a novelist here in Thunder Bay who has more than a dozen titles in print, and she told me that getting each new one published is the same struggle every time. It's like she has to talk the publishers into it, all over again.

zhoen said...

I'm searching for a plot for my nascent novel. Can't find one anywhere.

Shameless said...

Oh, how wonderful that you're starting a new novel ... me too. And writing it with the computer will make things easier? :-)