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Hello, everyone! The Wayword Writer here again with some more writing advice that hopefully won't land you in the third act of Rent. In the spirit of approaching November, I thought I'd do an entry for the puzzled and anxious. Now, for the growing and slowly evolving writer, there's always that one question looming in the distance. That itty-bitty piece of conjecture that's saved for those ready to make themselves true writers in the eyes of their community. That question is, simply put,

"Am I ready to write a novel?"

Now, for those of you that have left novels solitarily in the "to-read" category, this isn't all that pressing an issue. But it will be, so listen. Novels, when compared to short stories or poetry, have their minute details that make it much more challenging to write than either, but also quite a bit easier. For one, it's length. The average length of a novel can be around 50,000 words to nearly three times that, so the first hurdle is not only being able to WRITE such a monster, but being able to hang on long enough to even finish the first draft. And then the second, and likely the third. It's going to drain you in every sense of the word, but hopefully, with a good editor and enough caffeine, it's accomplishable.

Away from the length, there's also the issue of keeping track of everything. I myself have come across the problem of losing my origins when writing a short story, so making sure I don't forget where I started is probably going to be my greatest challenge in writing whatever I decide is going to be my first book. For those of you that don't think this is even decently important, what's the deadliest plague to ever be found in the pages of a novel? THE PLOT HOLE, and forgetting where the heck you decided to begin your story can leave you in a place that will give you no ending. So remember the tracks you've left behind. Dusting can wait till when the book is finished.

"Hey, I thought you said this was easier than writing a short story!" A few of you are probably screaming. And allow me to get to that, you impatient twerps.

Now, it stands to reason that the more space you have, the more freedom you have to work with it. With the aforementioned scale of a novel, more than a few things can be established with greater tact and excellence than one would be able to in a short story. Character and scenery come to mind, as I always have a problem establishing, if nothing else, the former. It's not easy making readers care for someone when you've got all of two-thousand words to do it. While this certainly isn't much, it will lift more than a ton of weight off of the writers shoulders now that they have the time and space to do whatever they want.

One final little token in the world of making novels is that they aren't quite as specialized as the short story. Not only that, but one can find more people to help out with the process. Cover artists, editors, agents; all of them are alive, willing, able, and thirsty for some more action. So when you've got your novel, go explosive with it. Find as many people as you can; collect the pitch rejections and create a monument, and when you get published, burn it with such a cry that you incite fear in everyone to the point where they can never refuse to NOT publish you.

This is the Wayword Writer saying I'm not feeling too well, so I'm going to go finish my nap...

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Ryan Adams
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A slightly less clever man than a clever man, I'm just the writer trying to writer himself, first off, a good bio, and second off, a place in the history books. Give a lexicon and I will weave for you tales that will sing aria's of imagination and stardust. You wanna ride with me? You best be ready to surf the winds because my head's in the cloud's an the only time when it lands is when I go to dream, baby. If you think you can handle that, then climb on board and set your compass to wherever you so please.
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