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So You Want To Write A Novel?

It’s Friday, so I thought I’d veer off the beaten path a little bit.

I absolutely love this video a friend sent me the other day. It’s clever, hilarious, truthful.

Getting anything published, both fiction and nonfiction, takes A LOT of work. It’s not just a matter of calling up a publisher or blindly sending in a manuscript. You’ve got to do a lot of homework on the front end.

Even though I live in the nonfiction world, I see this same type of thing all the time. If you’ve ever wanted to write a book, please watch this funny video and you’ll learn everything NOT to do.

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  1. Jen #

    Love it! I saw this a while back (it was floating around Twitter), and I couldn’t help but chuckle. As someone who’s written a novel, there’s a lot of truth to it. :)

    March 11, 2011
    • Hey Jen. Absolutely. Didn’t know you had a written a novel. I’ll have to put it on my list of books to read after I get through the next 87 on this list!

      Thanks for checking out the blog.

      March 11, 2011
  2. Jen #

    No problem! Good blog. :)

    I’m not published yet but working on it. I’m querying agents now.

    March 11, 2011
  3. Patti #

    That’s awesome. I think I’ll watch it at least once a month for a reality check.

    March 11, 2011
  4. Christy #

    This is hilarious!

    March 11, 2011
  5. Hi there,

    I wrote the video, and I wanted to thank you for posting it on your blog. REally glad you and the other commenters liked it!

    David Kazzie

    March 11, 2011
    • Great video, David. It’s spot on and really funny.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      March 11, 2011
  6. That is a great little video and so true. My last boss thought that articles for her magazine could be written in five minutes. And why was I bothering to interview people, that was just a time waster.

    March 11, 2011
    • Sorry, got a little bitter there for a moment.

      March 11, 2011
  7. That video cracked me up but good. Absolute gold.

    March 14, 2011
  8. Funny! So this is my takeaway…to write a Novel, one must disregard every hurdle and basically do everything that goes against one’s better instincts. I’m hooked!

    March 14, 2011
  9. “I’m a student of the human condition.”
    Graphomania at its absolutely most hilariously worst!

    Thanks for posting this.

    March 15, 2011
  10. Totally frickin’ awesome! (And no, I did not just write frickin’, or start this sentence with a conjunction. I would never do that. Because I am a writer.)

    March 15, 2011
  11. I loved this, so true.

    March 15, 2011
  12. Loved this video! It was funny and true … thanks for the laugh!

    March 15, 2011
  13. I can’t believe I haven’t found this blog already. I love to read and write, this is truly a treasure chest of information thanks!

    March 15, 2011
    • Thanks Jake. Glad you are enjoying it and hope you’ll stick around.

      March 15, 2011
  14. Great video, brings back memories lol.

    March 16, 2011
  15. Rule #

    slap! slap! kick! run!

    … that was horribly funny, and … many other things.

    March 16, 2011
  16. That was just… Hilarious.

    March 18, 2011
  17. pinoyleonardo #

    Writing and getting one’s novel published is a wonderful dream accomplished! Just like any dream, the dreamer needs to be persistent- correct; but also needs a strategy to achieve his dreams by making the dream a goal- one step at a time.

    March 20, 2011

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