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.
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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.