For many would-be writers, finding ideas isn’t the problem – the hard part is turning them into full-length novels of publishable quality. An idea that seems brilliant for the first few pages may run out of steam; characters and dialogue come out wooden; or there may simply not be enough hours in the day to sit down and write. This section addresses the question of making your work as good as it can possibly be.


Jim Rohn, a motivational speaker, once said, ‘It takes what it takes.’ He was referring to finding the right place to live your life. For most writers, that ‘place’ is writing a book. It’s a dream that can become reality, but not without some hard work. ome people find writing more arduous than others. You may be like Monet, able to finish any project quickly and easily, or more like Michelangelo, taking years to complete what others do in months.


Either way, writing a novel is a demanding process. Not only do you have to produce the words in the first place, but you also have to make them the best words they can possibly be: there is always something to be revised or edited. Telling a long, complex tale requires time and patience.



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