To write a novel

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Boy have I had writers block lately. I`m working on my next book, “Twisted Ride,” it’s a thriller about the outlaw biker subculture. I also do a lot of copy-writing for clients. It’s a strange world going from academic writing to creative writing and back and forth. I recently wrote an article talking about “NaNoWriMo” for Helium. I was amazed at the other writers talking about how writing a novel was not as hard as people think, and how it was made out to be a big deal, and blah, blah, blah. So, I wrote my article on the realities of trying to write a novel in thirty days. I don`t know about the other writers, but my article came from experience. I self-published my first book “Voices from the Heart” and I can tell you—it`s hard work people. The book is a collection of short stories and poetry (amazon link) and it is only about 90 pages (approx. 17,000 words) and that was real work.
I know some authors have succeeded at writing a novel in thirty days but I wanted aspiring  writers to know the real work involved so I spoke to some truths about writing a book. At first, the article didn`t do well. I suppose like most other subjects in today’s society, people like rose colored glasses (link to Helium article). I didn`t tell the reader it was impossible, I simply listed some truths and some realistic game plans to get the job done. After some initial scrutiny, the article has since done well in the ratings.
The point of all this is that writing is work. It’s a labor of love. Sometimes we just have to push through the struggles and write. Frank Peretti (Christian fiction author) posted some real good advice about this topic on facebook today. I had not written anything on my novel in a week. So, I picked up the laptop and just started. Sometimes when we write, it comes off as horrible—just write anyway. Remember, when you write a novel, just write, don`t fix grammar and all that along the way—just write. If we try to perfect the manuscript as we go, we break down the natural flow of the creative process. I just like to be transparent. That is one of the purposes of this blog, to share our experience strength and hope. WP
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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design. Scott continues working on his memoir Twisted Ride. He also maintains a Christian blog: A Disciple's Journey. Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider (with a huge beard). He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. - "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul. I love to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~Scott Biddulph~

2 comments

  1. Destiny,
    You put it so well in your comment. I`m so glad you enjoyed the post. I was amazed at the lack of understanding I saw in the other articles that were posted on Helium about this topic. While some writers are obviously more talented, or, are naturally able to write fast–most of us normal writers have to work hard at it (laughing). I hope you will come and share your thoughts again sometime. WP

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