I’ve been taking a novel-writing class for the last six weeks. It is my third official all-inclusive “specifically how to write novels vs. other kinds of writing” type of class. Why take three (or even two) swings at novel-writing lessons? Well, because I wanted know if I had forgotten giant chunks of stuff about writing novels while I was off writing my novels.
So I signed up for a refresher class, just to feel it out (and to avoid rewriting chapter three again–man, that one is clunky).
What I learned:
1) I enjoyed my class time. It is fun and inspirational to review the novel-writing process.
2) I had not forgotten giant chunks of information–whew!–although I wasn’t currently using all of the novel-writing tools available to me in the most productive ways.
3) Even though I got to do lots of novel-writing thinking and novel-writing planning during my class, I wasn’t actually getting any new pages done on my novel. I was writing about writing my novel. Which isn’t going to get chapter three rewritten, no matter how much I wish it would.
So, I need to face the facts. Learning is necessary, but at some point you gotta sit down and use the skills you’ve added to your arsenal. You gotta practice on the novel by practicing ON the novel. My novel. Now. Type, type, type. Delete key, delete key, delete key. Begin the whole thing again tomorrow. Which is exactly what I’ll be doing next.
Chapter three, here I come…