I am trying to write the Great American Novel but keep getting stuck. Any ideas?
My brother says you should try not to get stuck!
I'm sorry I'm not much of a writer. I have no advice, but you should look at some of the posts from writers like you!
Chuck the Great American Novel out the window, vaporize it, flush it down the toilet, send it through a paper shredder, feed it to your goldfish, make it go boil you a lobster, anything. You're getting stuck because you keep getting hung up on the whole idea of writing the Great American Novel.
Just write a story. That's what all the other authors of GANs did. D'you think they read over their last sentence, and went, "Oh, no, gotta delete that, it's not GAN-worthy?" No. They just. Wrote. A story.
Who cares about whether it's wonderful or just good? Instead of fretting over the minor details (something I will confess to doing a lot), just relax and write. It's a whole lot more fun to write about whatever comes to mind than freaking out because everything has to work perfectly (another fault of mine as well). For me, writing is my journal in a fictional genre. So just let go of those worries; proofreading will come later. Hope this helps!
P.S- What's your favorite Tortallan book (or series)? Mine is the Immortals Quartet.
I love all the books, but the Alanna ones are my favorites. The the others tie for second. Is she writing any more books about Tortall or heroines?
My favorite quartet is the Immortals, with Daine, and Numair, and Cloud, and Oona, and Alanna, and...
*found the next morning by family pet/dog on the floor, still naming all the Immortals quartet characters*
You should never, ever write just because you want to have a story or GAN. You should write because it's part of you -- it feeds your soul, it's what you enjoy, because you can't stand NOT writing.
Good advice!!! Are you new??? Welcome, if you are!!!
Yeah, I'm new. I just got my Criket mag and I always, ALWAYS read the Letterbox first (it's my favorite part) and as soon as I read about the forum I begged my mom to go on the computer. I love it, especially this Inkwell part. Thanks for the welcome!