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So you've finally decided to take a leap of faith and try writing that book that you've been thinking about writing for ages now. You're leaping for joy, and so you start to get to work! You're brainstorming and typing and typing and writing and writing, and you think that nothing could possibly go wrong. You’re going off your runners high (or rather writer’s high) and you’re really feeling good, but as anyone who has ever written a novel knows,you hit a point in your writing journey where you realize that completing a novel is no easy feat.  

Now that the initial high has worn off, you start to draw blanks on what to write next,you start doubting your talents and skills, and by the time you finish your novel you wonder if you'll actually ever get your manuscript published. But next thing you know, an agent picks up your manuscript or you decide to self-publish and your life’s dream has become a reality! And now even more work begins. You have to promote your book so that people will finally get a chance to read your precious baby, and then you find yourself yearning for the days when your biggest problem was whether you were going to make chapter three 15 or 25 pages long.

 

Being a novelist is a career with many loops and turns and ups and downs, but in the end it’s worth all of the bad if you get to see your story printed for all to see! 

Fellow novelists, now is the time to speak up. Go ahead and add your opinion on what it's like to be a novelist. Don't hold back. We want to hear it! Good, bad, or indifferent, write it down!

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Hard Work is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Hard Work First draft, second draft, beta readers, third drafts, editing, fourth draft, more editing and repeat 

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Doubt Enducing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Doubt Enducing Nothing makes you doubt yourself more than a pile of rejections.

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About Taking Risks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
About Taking Risks Sometimes the craziest ideas end up having the highest pay-out.

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Lonely is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Lonely If you want to get your novel done sooner rather than later, you may have to forgo some social engagements.

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Exhausting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Exhausting Writing, meetings with agents, publishers, and editors, book signings, book readings...

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Becoming Vulnerable is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Becoming Vulnerable Putting your work out there for the world to see and judge is a very frightening thing to do.

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Frustrating is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Frustrating Have you ever heard of writer's block? It's a real thing.

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Rewarding is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Rewarding That wonderful moment when a publisher wants to publish your manuscript!

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An Emotional Rollercoaster is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
An Emotional Rollercoaster Up and down and up and down and up and back down again...And then up!

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Artistic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Artistic Your words paint a vivid picture that allow your readers to step into the most dazzling of worlds.

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Daunting is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Daunting Writing a full length novel is no easy task. Getting started is the hardest part.

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Worth It is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Worth It Even through all the ups and downs, it all becomes worth it once you finally get your book published :)

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A Financial Struggle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
A Financial Struggle When your book is doing well, you do well financially. When it's not, you're not.

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Freeing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Freeing You write when you want to write, and don't write when you don't want to write.

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Reading All the Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Reading All the Time Read books inside of your genre and outside of your genre. Just Read! It'll make you a better writer!

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A 24 Hour Job is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
A 24 Hour Job That idea that pops into your head at 3 AM...yeah, better write it down at 3 AM or you'll forget it.

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Courageous is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Courageous Putting yourself and your work out there into a world that may not end up liking your work takes a lot of courage.

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Going to Make you Worry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Going to Make you Worry Why haven't I heard back from the agent I queried two months ago?!? Did they even get it?

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Always Being Vigilant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Always Being Vigilant Your day to day life is a breeding ground for potential ideas for your next novel. 

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Constant Self-Promotion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Constant Self-Promotion People don't just wake up knowing about your latest novel. PROMOTE! PROMOTE! PROMOTE!

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Life Altering is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Life Altering You learn more about yourself with every word you write down, and you will grow from it.

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A Craft that can Always be Dev... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
A Craft that can Always be Developed Practice makes better!

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Competitive is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Competitive Everybody and their mother wants to write a novel, so yeah...you're up against a lot of competition.

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Exciting is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Exciting Getting a great idea for you next novel is one of the best feelings when you're a novelist.

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Thankless is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Thankless Some professionals, like doctors, receive a lot of thanks; novelists do not.