Don’t Write a Novel!

‘I know you all hate me,’ he said staring at the floor ashamedly. Now I don’t know if that is a crass line or a good line. But it was the second thing that entered my head after I pressed the ‘Add Post’ button. Why hate me? Well I haven’t posted for three weeks. Is that narcissism, vanity or a joke? Anyway; don’t write a novel. I say this because I have finished the first complete draft of ‘the novel’ after about five years of messing around with it. Someone once said that writing a book is like entering a forest. With the sunlight gleaming over the canopy and the trees softly swaying in the breeze it looks like an exciting adventure. But, having entered the forest and rejected the well trodden path of others in order to create your own path; it becomes dark and foreboding, and you often lose your way. Yup, I’m right in there with no bloody machete because the Amazon wife took it for the Ivy.

So, now I’m reading – not true – I’m devouring every novel I can lay my hands on, searching for my path, studying layouts, descriptions and dialogue. Meanwhile my novel is devouring me. When I shut my eyes the characters are there, arms folded tapping their bloody feet and scowling. Waiting for direction, slowly losing faith in my ability to project them into a world of memorable fiction. So, no, if you’re considering it, dont write a book. Unless you’re a masochist like me 😉


About charliecountryboy

Carpenter and Carpentry Lecturer. Writer, 5k and 10k runner, musician. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
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45 Responses to Don’t Write a Novel!

  1. Sounds like an adventure

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  2. Jay says:


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  3. 😂😂😂Haunted by your own characters,🤣😃🤣 that sounds like the makings of a good book in itself! You better get on with it sounds like your characters are getting restless😠

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  4. Ria says:

    Waiting, waiting, waiting…

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  5. Carolyn Page says:

    Now you’ve done it…. we’ll all be waiting for an excerpt or two to tantalise our taste buds, so to speak…
    Seriously; well done to you. What a great adventure! 🙂

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  6. chattykerry says:

    I finished a book I had been writing for a decade and self-published on Kindle. There were some nice reviews but I still wish I had written it differently. Perhaps writers are never satisfied? Good luck with yours, though. 😁

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  7. Congratulations on finishing your first draft.

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  8. Rakkelle says:

    I like the picture of the Sister with the lionesses by her side. She looks like a force to be reckoned with. Very powerful. I hope she’s in your novel.

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  9. I love it! I agree with Marsa if your haunted by your characters, your never lonely, I mean they must be good!
    I’m intrigued!! 😆

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  10. That’s a great description of how it feels to write a novel, on

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  11. RS says:

    Great post!

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  12. Good luck with it. 🙂

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  13. Don’t stop now, Charlie!

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    • Thank you, that is the problem I had 4 weeks summer break from teaching and cracked it off, now I’m scared I’m back I’m going to lose the momentum 😬😬


      • May I ask what it’s about?

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      • Hmmm, this is the tricky bit isn’t it. Set in 1974 Bradford, a young man grows up alone in a racist and homophobic society which he struggles against and is criticised for his fondness of ‘pakis and poofs’ his main adversaries are the local Skinheads and an old friend of his absent father who is the local drug dealer. But things are never what they seem are they? The story concludes in a siege/standoff at the local Indian Restaurant owned by his girlfriend’s father during a National Front March in Manningham Bradford.
        I need to practice writing a synopsis 😀😀 but thank you for asking


      • Lots of great and difficult material here, to be sure. I’m looking forward to reading it!

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  14. Congratulations … and good luck!

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  15. Growing Pains says:

    I can completely relate to this right now. After kicking around ideas and the notion of doing so for several years, I’ve begun co-writing a novel with a good friend of mine. The idea of doing so was incredible, and still is, but the actual act of the writing itself has brought that initial enthusiasm down just a couple of notches. Ha. Even so, we press on!

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    • Thank you for reading 😀 yes I got to a point where I thought it wasn’t going to plan, my problem I now know was getting the right ending. Once I had that it flew. Then I had to rewrite a lot to fit the end, but that was sheer joy because I loved the way it ended so much, I think next time I’ll write the end first 😀 so yes stick with it I’m sure it’ll be phenomenal 🙏💐

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