10 Reasons why you NEED to write that novel inside you

You have a story to tell

Whether it came to you in your dreams, or is based on something that actually happened to you, you feel you have a story that you have this deep need to tell and share with others.  The story bubbles inside you, infilitrates your every thought, until you are burning hot with fever.  Writing fever.  The story is like a disease, and the only cure is to get it into print.  Most of us have a story inside us, but not everybody has a burning desire to share it with others and do the long hard yards to get it into print.  Writing a story isn't easy.  It takes effort and dedication, sacrifices and heaps of time.  But if you are suffering from chronic novellitis, then you have to put in the time and effort and write it.  That's your only cure.  The only way to restore your sanity.

You want to educate others

You had some kind of an experience which you feel the need to share with the rest of the world. Something happened to you, you made mistakes but you overcame them. You have a secret to success that you think can help others. How else can you inspire other people, other than by writing down your experiences?

You are in love with words

Words are your passion. They burn inside you with a fire of immense proportions. Words pump through your veins absorbed in your blood. Words are the be all and end all of your existence. Words are your life.  Everything you see, you experience, in your head you write a description about.  When you make love, you think how you can write about these experiences, how would you desribe it so that someone else can experience what you've just experienced.  Words are your lovers, coming to you at night in your dreams.  You write whenever you can, whatever you can.  Blogs, hubs, emails, diaries.  Writing is your life.

The last few books you’ve read haven’t done it for you

So you are a readaholic.  You read everything and anything that comes your way.  Lately, the books you've been reading just haven't been doing it for you.  You've finished each and every book disappointed and let down.  In fact, you are starting to feel that you could have done a far better job than the authors did.  You seriously believe that you have what it takes.  Good writers are all good readers.  You're a good reader, right?  So, now is your opportunity to become a good writer.  Show those bestselling authors that you can out-write them!

What you want to say would never fit into a hub

There is only so much you can say in a hub, an article or a short story.  You have a lot to say, and no matter how much you love Hubpages, it just ain't going to be enough for you.  You need more.  You are hungry for more.  You have to find the right medium to be able to express yourself, let it all out.  You seriously need to write a novel.  Seriously.

You have stopped and started all your life

Are you one of those sad people like most of us who never completes anything?  Your storeroom or closet is filled with half-finished craft peces and art works.  Your family all laugh and jeer when you excitedly tell them about a new project.  Because, you have never completed a thing in your life.  I was that person, so I know all about that.  "I'm writing a book!"  "Yeah, right.  What a joke, Cindy has never completed a thing in her life!"

Okay, as that old man Gandhi would have said, "Now is the time to be the change you want to see in the world."    You want to write a book, so stop talking about it and do it.  Make the time, work out a schedule and finish it.  The sense of completion is overwhelming and will inspire you to write more.

Now POD is a viable option, you think you can do it

In the old days, finiding an agent who was prepared to even bother to read the title of your book was so daunting, most people didn't bother.  Many would-be authors fell off at the first hurdle.  As a result, many good books were never made.  But now, with the latest Print On Demand technology, you can self-publish.  Anybody can be an author.  You don't have to submit query letter after query letter.  You don't have to face rejection from countless agents and publishers.  There is no need to be made to feel worthless ever again.  Write that damn novel and self-publish it.  Screw the agents and publishers who are so up themselves, they can't be bothered to read your work.

You’re sick of your job and looking for a career change

Unemployed?  Stuck at home?  Tired of office politics or a dead end job?  Writing could be the career change for you.  However, don't think you'll get rich quickly though, unless you write a bestseller.  My suggestion for what it's worth, is to start off your writing career as a hobby first, before you give up your day job.  It is an excellent outlet for your frustrations, but we still need money, eh?  So, don't give up on your job just yet.  Write whenever you can, during lunch breaks, tea breaks, and when your family are glued to the television.

You’re looking for a career you can do even when you get old

Retirement doesn't have to be the end of the road for you being a productive person.  Writing is a great way to keep yourself occupied and sane.  You don't have to be young to write, in fact, the older you are the more experiences you have to write about.  Stories, events, things that happened to you and your family.  You are a frigging walking encyclopedia of entertainment and experience.  Of course, the younger you start, the better, so by the time you are old and grey you'll be a bestselling author!

You want the fame that best-selling authors have

We all desire fame, glory and money.  Even if we say we don't.  Everybody secretly dreams of being famous, a celebrity, having tea with the Brangelinas.  If it's fame you are after, then I say go for it.  If you just sit at home and stare at your laptop and never ever write that novel, then you have zero chance of fame.  Unless, you save one of Obama's daughters from an out of control oncoming car.  But let's face it, I'm sitting here in Tanzania.  How much chance do I have of that happening?  If you write a novel and get it publshed, you have probably a 1% chance of becoming famous and a bestselling author.  But, that is 1% more chance than if you did not write that novel and get it publshed. 

So, do it.  Go for it.  Write that novel that's hiding in you, trying desperately to get out and make itself heard.  I did it.  And God knows, if  could do it, anybody can.

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Anath 7 years ago

This is inspiring, we all have a story to tell. I think most of mine are far to bizarre and people would think I am inventing them, but then I suppose that is part of the fun in writing; you can write whatever you want!

I am happy you did it and it worked for you. Thanks for the encouraging words in this hub.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Anath, bizarre sells! You can do it, write a novel!


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Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Very encouraging! I am that stop/start person. Even my kids laugh at my many new projects!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Well Catherine, as one stop/start person to another, if I can do it, so can you. Since finishing and publshing my novel, it's been a life-changing thing for me, because now I have proved to myself that I can finish something I start.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

This is really inspiring.

You are inspiring person and excellent writter!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks Tatjana! You have made my day!


ralwus 7 years ago

From one who has the experience and expertise too. More good things to come also. Woot! love ya girl, my favorite author. CC


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franciaonline 7 years ago from Philippines

This is an inspiring hub, cindyvine! Yes, I know, deep down inside myself too is a story waiting to be written. Thanks for sharing your insights on writing here.


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Hey Cindy,

As Robert DeNiro would say: "You talkin' to me?" or is this about you? I've had "writing fever", yes....a very strong need to create..but, for sure, NOT a novel.

And maybe I'm old and jaded, but THIS IS NOT ME:

Cindy wrote: "We all desire fame, glory and money. Even if we say we don't. Everybody secretly dreams of being famous, a celebrity, having tea with the Brangelinas"

Not only does this turn me off, it's less palatable than eating raw mice.

Sorry, Cindy...I love your writing and, yes, this hub is certainly inspirational for most writers, but not ALL...even if it's only one: ME


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Mardi 7 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

OK, now you have me motivate, just need to find the time! Thanks for this kick in the pants Cindy.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I really enjoyed reading this. Hopefully this will encourage those who aspire to see their work in print. Thank you, Cindy.

I give you a lot of credit for finishing and publishing your novel, Cindy. I've finished mine about a year and a half ago but have been too lazy to finish editing (which is really the ultimate rewrite). My dreams call to me to finish, to finally make an effort to find an agent. I do have some help, however, a so called "feather in my cap." Wish me luck!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California

All I can say is you've put the bee in my bonnet that I need to attempt something that I probably shouldn't. But as I always say, "nothing beats a failure but a try." Thanks again for those encouraging words. In the future, please don't compare us amateurs to you, you are a great writer and a true professional. Great hub, by the way.


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

I think i have a story to write, but i don't want to hurt anybody. Even if i make it fiction, the characters cannot be masked. But, i really want to do it. Your hub is much appreciated. Thanks!


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Raven King 7 years ago from Cabin Fever

I really read some of my Hubber friends' writings and they are so talented it is just spooky. You have access to very talented writers here. Some are great poets, satirists, novelists, screenwriters. I wrote three screenplays but I never sold any so I'm in my tadpole phase and I would like to write my first novel and work on it till it breathes.

Cindy, you have a great hub!

P.S. I know a few of you out there are going to have their eureka moments and I want to know when it happens so please let me know. :)


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Wow, good hub, very encouraging. I love to read. I've written a couple of novels and a screenplay, and have got very discouraged from trying to find a publisher or agent. I'm strictly amateur class, because I've never published anything. It seems to me to be a catch-22 and a completely circular argument: you can't get published because you aren't a published writer. Having no track record for earning the publishers/agents and myself money through writing, I never know how to objectively assess the value of my work.

I'm interested, Cindyvine--you published something yourself with Print on Demand, and it seems like it worked for you. What was it that you wrote? Where can I find it? I know you might have mentioned it before in a different blog, but I'm fairly new to hubpages, so please don't mind repeating this info. You're a good writer and I like your style, so I'm really interested. Was it fiction (I hope)? Is it novel-length? Can I pay for it and read it myself? (I'm trying to get you to do a little self-promotion here, luv. Plus, what a tease!!!)


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Hey my long lost friend!!! I hope you are well, I miss you! Have you been reading my thoughts... again?!?! Great hub! I will write that book.. One of these days.. one of these days!!


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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Keep on encouraging, cindyvine. I believe it all.


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Another '10 things' hub of tremendous value! Cindy, another one bookmarked!


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

This is just the motivation I needed to get me going on something I have been trying to do for some time now! Thank you.


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vaidy19 7 years ago from Chennai, India

That is some inspiration capable of rousing even the sluggards. Thanks Cindy.

Vaidy


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katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Really, lead me there, where it pays, please


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks for all the comments. Ralwus, you're doing an ace job editing my latest. Guys if you want an editor, get Ralwus, he rocks! Alekhouse, I especially liked your comments. We are not all the same and that's what makes us unique individuals. Paradise, my book is the Amazon link on this page - Stop the world, I need to pee! You can buy it from Amazon. Candie, howdy girl! And to the rest, you can do it. I believe in you!


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

Those reasons are good enough for me to start writing a novel. You make a great motivational speaker. Glad to hear you are already writing another novel!


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bayareagreatthing 7 years ago from Bay Area California

On a site full of writers- you probably couldn't have picked a better thing to say! Your encouragement is inspiring! Thank you!


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loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

tho it has been my passion from the time i was a child, life has a way of beating it out of you...maybe i'll try again......many thx


king1 7 years ago

yes dear, thanks alot. but right now i see more reasons not to write even i love writing, and am still in the process of writing a novel; dont know, i just feel really bad spending my time on the novel i am writing for some financial and family matters ... wish i had peace of mind as a writer.


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Blu Ink 7 years ago

Very inspiring to a struggling writer. Have you written about how long it took to write this novel and to get it published?


Pachuca213 7 years ago

Thank you for inspiring me Cindy...My stories have been sitting for months without a finish to them. This may have just kicked me in the butt to get me to just let my inner self out again and finish them! thanks!


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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Hey there Cindy - your fellow South AFrican has started his novel - then thing is now to keep it going, hey?! Thanks for the inspiring words and yes, I am a stop/start person who often doesn't see projects through. But this one I will push through and your inspiring Hub has helped me already - I feel the next words coming through - watch out!

Love and peace

Tony


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Very inspiring. Writing them is one thing, getting them to where anyone can read them is quite another. Hoping you'll follow up with some inspiration in that department. All I've every had is a lot of broken promises over the years.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

May, you'll have to read my new novel when it's finished. Charlie is editing it for me.

Bay, Love and King, don't let outside things put you off your dream Go for it!

Blu Ink, I did write a hub a while ago on how to get published.

JJ, think you'll enjoy my new novel when it's finished. You know who it was based on.

Tony, I look forward to reading your novel! What is it about?

Jerilee, one has to persist and believe in yourself.


Shawndy 7 years ago

Great Hub! Thanks, girl!!


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Cindy, just the sort of urging someone like me needs...but I seriously doubt I have a story in me...sigh.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks for commenting Shawndy, glad you've found this useful!

FP, of course you have a story in you!


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heyju 7 years ago

Cindy,

Great hub!! Thank you for the motivation, it felt like you were talking to me personally. One of my problems is I have written all my life but the last ten years or so I have not written anything....blocked. I just started writing again and I am afraid I will lose it again. Scares the crap out of me!! This helps, thanks again.


mountjok 7 years ago

Cindy,

I couldn't agree with your hub more. I started writing my novel a few months ago and I am on the last chapter already. When I write I sink into my mind and roam for hours. Thanks for the words!


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cally2 7 years ago from Paraparaumu, New Zealand

Ah yes the unfinished novel. I have at least four knocking around somewhere. I'm really just waiting for them to come into fashion. This time though, I'm gonna finish it.


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love my yorkies 7 years ago from way out west

Great inspiration for us would-be authors. Maybe one day I'll have to actually get busy and start my novel. Being on hub pages I think has provided a good start to my writing.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Heyju, Mountjok, Cally and Yorkies, writing on a site lke hubpages is a good place to start sharing your writing, and it will give you confidence to finish the novel and share it with others.


Dawn 7 years ago

You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you've got something to say. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

I have something to say! And this post is encouraging me to say it!!! Now...any advice for the chronic re-readers who proof (constantly) before finishing? I think this contributes to my stop/start problem.

Great post, Cindy...thank you!


Scott.Life 7 years ago

What a great hub, You belong on my candles in the dark hub, I am so glad i stumbled onto this.


Janetta 7 years ago

Thanks Cindy! :) I'm a chronic putter-offer. I go for a while like I can't type the words fast enough, then I take a break for a while. It's making myself keep at it thats the hard part :)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Dawn, Scott, Janetta - I think most of us are stop/start people, easily distracted, but if we look on are writing as small steps, we will get there in the end. It's all about perseverance and developing a work ethic. Set yourself a small goal, something that is easy to manage and achieve, and celebrate where you go above and beyond that goal. It does get easier with time.


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.Ninna. 7 years ago

You nailed it right on the head! My ultimate challenge is knocking out the procrastinator in me. I have some ideas for writing a children's book, I just have to exert more effort in setting aside some time for it. Thanks, Cindy, for writing this inspiring hub :).


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Ninna, many of us suffer from procrastinitis, a disease that is definitely curable.


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photocopyme 7 years ago from Fort Worth, TX

Hey, I really did find this inspiring. It wasn't preachy or even epically inspiring--you know, the type of "motivational" articles that just make reaching your dreams and goals seem like this huge epic journey you have to take.

It was short and to the point and hit the right nails.

Not only that, but I'm trying to finish writing a novel I started three years ago via National Novel Writing Month.


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Luciendasky 7 years ago from Florence, OR

This was very motivational and I needed to read it. Thank you.


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Bbudoyono 7 years ago

I feel your passion, your energy Cindy. You are a motivational trainer. Thank you


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florisniu 7 years ago from Global

Hi there,

I am all of the above and I think my problem is fear that no one would get me and my story. You have really inspired me to get started Here I go...


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CiscoPixie 7 years ago from I'm in a world of my own, but aren't we all?

that was awesome! Thank you for the inspiration :) excellent hub


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lilobear 7 years ago from United States

I am going to take your advise and stop dragging my feet, because the day is always full you just have to rearrange each one to fit everything into those 24 hours. Thanks


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MAYRAPINK 7 years ago from texas

You'd be surprised how many people i've met that tell me how badly they'd like to write a novel about their experiences.. Great hub :)


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lizy625 7 years ago from ohio

That was truly inspiring, I am new here to "hubbing", but I was looking for that outlet to plug in my thoughts, thank you for the words! I hope to start my journey here, only actually finish it!!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Okay guys, now you have been inspired, get cracking and write that novel! I'm looking for some good reading material!


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Juana Ortiz 7 years ago

Wow! That was great.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks for commenting, Juana!


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T. A. Northburg 7 years ago from Colorado, USA

That is all me! How did you know. I do have novellitis! thanks for the great hub!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Hey TA, well you know what the cure is, start writing!


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one2get2no 7 years ago from Olney

You have given me the impetus I need. I have ideas for novels and start and stop so I have bits of one. I should sit down and write the damn thing.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

One2get2no, keep a notebook to jot down all your ideas, like an idea journal. Sooner or later, you'll be so taken by your idea you'll write like mad!


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PegCole17 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This was fun to read and inspirational. Yep, I'm one of those too. I've got dozens of novels started and none finished - but you've given me hope that it can be done. If I could just quit editing and start writing!


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ceseim 7 years ago from Tigard, OR 97223

Me too! I have this book in my head, but it's really not a novel. It's more a sharing of thoughts and ideas without the conversations between fictional characters. While I love to read fiction, I am more inspired by the non-fiction. The telling of true life stories, families, history, and of the impact our lives have in this world,. I love editing too. Nothing more important than spell check and grammar check which many don't use enough of.


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Marie Mae 7 years ago from Upstate New York

It is amazing how a book can taunt you. It is nice to know that others stuggle with it's birth like I do. ty


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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Cindy for this fantastic hub,and I will be taking everyhthing into consideration. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

Good hub CV and a timely reminder of why I decided to join HP ,guess I got side-tracked,not that I ever need too much of an excuse. Thanks for the reminder (and nudge)!


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missywells42 7 years ago from kentucky

thanks for writing thowe words. it had made me finally make up my mind to write the story that i have had boilling in by brain for some time thanks


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ODDJOBSMOM 7 years ago from North (Minnesota)

Thanks, I am that person, I thought I was the only one, there have been novels growing inside me for as long as I can remember and they are begining to spill out in the form of my humble little hubs. Hoping they will grow with my eagerness to write the stories that posess me, they too are begining to spill out into my computer by the droves. I will read on...I am a fan

Thanks OJM


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

I reckon we all joined Hubpages because we liked writing. But now it is time to take that next step and start writing that novel! Good luck to all of you and thanks for commenting!


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TheProfoundIdiot 7 years ago from between homes

Very inspiring. Makes me want to go back and take a look at the stories I've started but never finished(there's a bunch of them).


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mizink 7 years ago from Missouri

Wow cindy, you do have a passion about writing. I do also.

I have started my novel.

I went immediately to Amazon to read an excerpt of your book. I got so caught up in it, was surprised when it stopped. guess I will have to buy it. You have a great hub.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

The profoundidiot, one of those stories might end up to be a bestseller!

Mizink, I'd love you to buy my novel!


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wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

I have been trying to write a science fiction novel for years, this hub has reinspired me to delve into it again. Thank-you!


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Madison22 7 years ago from NYC

This is some hub Cindy, truly inspiring! I've been itching to tell my story for years and most people that know me always suggest that I do. I guess I've been a little afraid, I'm a bit clueless to the writer's world. Your hub is certainly a push in that direction. Thanks!!!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Wrenfrost, let your imagination take you to new dimensions and start writing!

Madison, don't be afraid. Don't let fear of failure stop you. Just do it!


Maggyann 7 years ago

How inspiring this hub was. It really made me think. Thank you for the proverbial kick on the ****. I needed it.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Hey Maggy, we all need a proverbial kick up the jacksy from time to time!


poetlorraine 7 years ago

i thoroughly enjoyed this hub.... seems all writers need encouragement from others to just do it...... nice to speak to you, seems ages ago when we were talking about my ironing.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Brenda? Is that you? Hmmmmm who was I talking to about ironing and my hatred of it??? Well Miss Lorraine, we need to encourage each other. We are all writers and sometimes, we don't get how good we actually are.


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morewrite 7 years ago

Great Hub Cindy, I, like everyonelse in here, (except that one that says that he has no interest even if he is the only one) have always thought about writing a book or a novel. I just didn't know how to get started. Thanks for the advice.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Morewrite, you should sign up for NaNoWriMo!


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EarnMate 7 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

Cindy, the first 2 reasons already convince me. I'm your fan now. :D


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks EarnMate, now start writing! Lol


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uliveulearn 7 years ago from Canada

I felt you were talking to me as I have been told a few times I should write a book. Not because of any writing abilities but for the story inside of me as many can relate. I will have to put a book off for now. As a newbie here with much to learn I will have to concentrate on this project first. Thanks for the words of encouragement.

I am due for a new book to read. Will check yours out.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Uliveulearn, have a go on NaNoWriMo this month. Just put down a story and edit it later. It's getting the words out of you and onto paper that's the first hurdle.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

excellent writing, consider this bookmarked and Stumbled Upon, for good measure.


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Thanks Rebecca, am thinking of doing another one about step by step instructions to how I did my last novel from scratch to Amazon.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

I loved every single one of your reasons. Some more so than others, but they all makes sense to me!


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Hey Duchess, hope you found them motivating!

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