Notes on Beginning a Novel…

  • You are not writing a novel if you are not writing.
  • Books, like houses, are designed before they are built.
  • Storytelling is no competition of speed.
  • If your characters walked into the room would they have characters and would they be different from yours?
  • Convenience is no excuse for a plot point.
  • Metaphors and similes are valued for their elegance and not their eccentricity.
  • Adjectives should be enjoyed in moderation.
  • Minimise sentences made of “pronoun” + “past singular form of “be”” + “indefinite article” + “adjective expressing weather conditions” + “noun expressing time period”.
  • That which seems bad or great today might seem great or bad tomorrow.
  • Work for as long as you value the idea of your book and not of a book

About bsixsmith

I am a writer of stories and poems - published by Every Day Fiction, The London Journal of Fiction, 365 Tomorrows and Det Poetiske Bureau - and a columnist for Quillette, Areo and Bombs & Dollars.
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