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How to write the Great American Novel

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Sep 25, 2017 5:34:49 AM

After decades of writing and rewriting, typing my fingers off, pouring my heart and soul out onto page after page after page of prose, after studying my craft, learning the structure of a story, and how to hook the reader in the first sentence and leaving them wanting more after the last word, I have finally figured out how to write the Great American Novel. It's so easy. I don't know how I couldn't figure it out earlier. It's really just a one-step exercise, and lucky you, I am here to share it with you today on this very blog.

Are ready for this? It will blow your mind. In order to write the Great American Novel you must do the following:

1 of 1: Don't try to write the Great American Novel.

We all want to be literary giants. We want to write something that will be taught in English lit classes for the next 100 years where our work is enjoyed, picked apart, interpreted, and misinterpreted by millions of book lovers. We want our name spoken in the same sentence with Hemingway, Lee, McCarthy, Steinbeck, etc. Why? Because that is the pinnacle of success in the publishing world. That's where we leave our mark and our work influences the American culture for generations to come. It's a way to find immortality.

But trying to write the Great American Novel is the surest way not to do so. Just write your story. Practice your craft. Service the characters in your book. Don't worry about the readers. Don't worry how the book will be perceived. Just write.

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Richard Ridley is an award winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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