Thorsten Nesch

– Storyteller –

05 – Two approaches to writing a novel

You could write a novel in one go by locking yourself in for four weeks, seeing and talking to nobody, switching off your phone and internet, ignoring your parents and the social worker’s knocking, as well as the friendly fireman eventually swinging from a rope in front of your window.

You could put your personal hygiene aside and offer a friendly smile to the officer who finally succeeds in breaking through your bedroom door and the wooden drawer in front of it.

Next you probably would sustain an oxygen shock due to the fresh air gushing into your room and lung.

Later you wake up in the ambulance to the sound of sirens.

There’s no easier way of losing your loved ones’ trust and respect, as well as all your friends and your social network.

On the bright side, what you can lose while you are writing that hopefully brilliant novel in this way is a bit of weight.

But there is another way, and I support the following approach:

Look for a time frame within your everyday life. Write five times a week at the same time, if possible, each time for an hour.

If you can’t find a quiet place, put on some earphones and listen to music while you’re writing.

You should get a page finished in an hour every day, roughly. That would be fantastic, yes fantastic, since writing is not your main profession yet. After all, you should still attend school regularly or keep your minimum wage job!

When I was younger I always wrote in the afternoons, after lunch, before meeting my friends. There wasn’t any homework to be done back then, as far as I can remember. Homework must have been invented later.

With my current knowledge, I would have done my writing before school. Yes, then you would have to get up at 6 a.m. That’s what I do. I am not asking for something impossible.

I like to write in the early morning because at that time nothing and nobody bothers me. Nothing festers in my brain, especially since I am not checking any messages beforehand.

If you can block things out easily at the end of the day, then I would suggest you write during the hour right before going to bed.

I know many authors who write in the evenings. I have no idea how they do it. They probably just don’t care about the people they met during the day, about their feelings and worries.

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