So You Want to Write a Novel


After taking a ton of creative writing classes and working in the publishing industry a little bit, I can say that this video is hilarious and touches upon all the issues/ideas new writers may have. I remember once I saw Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, speak, and he addressed the condension most writers face.

“Writing is the only profession that everyone thinks they can do,” he said. “I meet a lot of people who say, ‘oh, you’re a writer? I’ve always meant to write a novel, but I just haven’t found the time.’ But no one says to a cardiologist, ‘oh, you’re a heart surgeon? I’ve always wanted to perform heart surgery, I just haven’t found the time.'”

Thanks to my Book Acquisitions & Editing teacher for sending me the link to this video! Enjoy.

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