Monday, December 03, 2007

but don't throw out your first ten babies

Last night at sushi.

Elad's friend: "Are you going to try to publish your nanowrimo novel?"

Me: "Heavens, no. It's not nearly good enough. I figure my next attempt at writing a novel will be better, and if I do it ten more times, the eleventh novel might be good enough to publish."

Neha: [bursts out laughing]

Me: "What?"

Neha: "All through November, your twitter posts were things like 'I am so miserable' or 'this is so much harder than I expected'. Now you want to do this ten more times??"

It's like the amnesia after childbirth.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just retire already and go write your novel...

h4mm3r said...

Criticism is one way to improve.
Let's have a look to your novel ?

Philipp Lenssen said...

Put it up as Creative Commons licensed wiki book then. We'll take care of the rest: editing, distribution (like Authorama.com) etc.

Anonymous said...

Do you actually speak the word "heavens"? You write it all the time, but do you actually say that in real life?

Anonymous said...

Live and don't learn.

ArC said...

Can't you just work on your current book until it is publishable?

Anonymous said...

Have you ever gone through childbirth? How do you know that it's a similar experience.

Niniane said...

re: anonymous. Yes, I say "heavens" all the time when speaking. Alipe says it sometimes as a joke, and then I started saying it and now cannot stop.

Niniane said...

I have never gone through childbirth! At least not from the POV of the mother.

Niniane said...

re: ArC. I don't think I can just improve my current novel. It has to start out at a higher place in order to reach the publishing bar. That's my theory anyway. I don't actually know! Since I am an amateur.