I have wanted to write novels since about first grade. My first serious attempt at a novel-length manuscript happened in 2009 when I was finishing up my last semester as an undergraduate. I was studying creative writing and moral philosophy. I propped myself up between the complete works of Plato and the Norton Shakespeare Anthology and sat down to write a piece of fiction so stirring, so filled with deep insight, the world would never be the same.
I don't remember ever NOT wanting to be a novelist. I always assumed I'd need a day job, too, but ever since I was a little kid I wanted to write books. I've lost track of the number of manuscripts I've started and discarded. Maybe about five serious attempts. I write 50-150 pages, set it… Continue reading My Plan to Finally Get This Novel Written