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Being a Novelist Is. . .

Updated November 29, 2019 393 votes 82 voters

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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

    First draft, second draft, beta readers, third drafts, editing, fourth draft, more editing and repeat 
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    About Taking Risks

    Sometimes the craziest ideas end up having the highest pay-out.
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    Doubt Enducing

    Nothing makes you doubt yourself more than a pile of rejections.
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    Artistic

    Your words paint a vivid picture that allow your readers to step into the most dazzling of worlds.
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    Rewarding

    That wonderful moment when a publisher wants to publish your manuscript!
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    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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    Daunting

    Writing a full length novel is no easy task. Getting started is the hardest part.
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    Exhausting

    Writing, meetings with agents, publishers, and editors, book signings, book readings...
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    A Financial Struggle

    When your book is doing well, you do well financially. When it's not, you're not.
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    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

    Have you ever heard of writer's block? It's a real thing.
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    Freeing

    You write when you want to write, and don't write when you don't want to write.
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    An Emotional Rollercoaster

    Up and down and up and down and up and back down again...And then up!
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    Living the Dream

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    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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    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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    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

    People don't just wake up knowing about your latest novel. PROMOTE! PROMOTE! PROMOTE!
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    A Craft that can Always be Developed

    Practice makes better!
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    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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    Life Altering

    You learn more about yourself with every word you write down, and you will grow from it.
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    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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    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

    Getting a great idea for you next novel is one of the best feelings when you're a novelist.
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    Thankless

    Some professionals, like doctors, receive a lot of thanks; novelists do not.
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