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Being a Novelist Is. . .  

Autumn Nailes
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List Rules Add in anything that can be said after the phrase "being a novelist is. . . "

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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Rewarding is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Rewarding
That wonderful moment when a publisher wants to publish your manuscript!
3
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.
4
Exhausting is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Exhausting
Writing, meetings with agents, publishers, and editors, book signings, book readings...
5
Doubt Enducing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Doubt Enducing
Nothing makes you doubt yourself more than a pile of rejections.
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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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Artistic is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Frustrating is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Worth It is listed (or ranked) 9 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 :)
10
Daunting is listed (or ranked) 10 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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A Financial Struggle is listed (or ranked) 11 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.
12
Freeing is listed (or ranked) 12 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.
13
An Emotional Rollercoaster is listed (or ranked) 13 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!
14
Lonely is listed (or ranked) 14 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.
15
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!
16
Courageous is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Always Being Vigilant is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Constant Self-Promotion
People don't just wake up knowing about your latest novel. PROMOTE! PROMOTE! PROMOTE!
19
A Craft that can Always be Dev... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
A Craft that can Always be Developed
Practice makes better!
20
Going to Make you Worry is listed (or ranked) 20 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?
21
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 24 Hour Job is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Thankless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Being a Novelist Is. . .
Thankless
Some professionals, like doctors, receive a lot of thanks; novelists do not.
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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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Competitive is listed (or ranked) 25 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.