Well to me it takes one heck of an imagination.....the ability to actually make something like a movie in your mind and put it on a piece of paper......it's a gift given to some.....not all are blessed with it.....i am....laziness and the fact that i have nowhere to sell it is holding me back....have too many ideas that will make a wonderful novel
It really really really hard! I've been writing novels for the last two years on and off and I'm yet to finish one. It takes such a lot of time dedication to write a novel, even more to write a good one.
One of the biggest problems these days is originality. What can you write that hasn't been written a thousand times before, that can keep the reader interested from cover to cover? Another problem is the ability to write it. If your confident in your writing it's challenging enough, let alone if you have little ability. For instance, I have a genuinely great idea for a novel, but putting it all down in constructive and meaningful words is very difficult. I don't like settling for average so I have to keep working on it, over and over to get every detail in sync with every other.
I don't think it's a quesion of how hard it is. Most anyone can write a novel, I think true talent is shown when the novel that you complete wants to be read. It's so hard to catch peoples interest in today's world. You have to be interesting, concise, witty and imaginitive. Creating a world that people want to be part of is much harder than "writing".
That being said I do think good writing is an art, not a gift. It can be taught and honed and with enough dedication it can be mastered.
So I believe it's not hard to write a novel. It's hard to write a good novel that others want to read. It takes an amazing amount of dedication!
I don't think it is that hard to write a novel if you really want to write one. But I think it must be because you have to and want to, truly, so that writing becomes the most important thing in your life. Nothing, no-one can then come between you and the time you set aside for working on your novel. It must take over your life or all of your spare time. No excuse must take you away from your computer or writing space while you work to finish your novel.
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