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The Fuzzy Secrets to Writing a Decent Novel


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As I dig back into writing another novel, and as I wonder (again) if I can pull off this project that I’ve been trying to complete for… a long time, I wanted to document what I think it takes to write a decent novel. I’m not specifically talking about the craft of writing a novel (even though that’s plenty important), but more about the general traits that allow me to complete any big crazy project like a novel.

I came up with three specific things that are necessary (for me) to write and complete a book.

For good or for bad, these are fuzzy things, definitely not in the realm of WRITE 7.25 MILLION WORDS A DAY! or WRITE EVERY DAY AT 4:15AM! or FOLLOW THE HERO’S JOURNEY PERFECTLY OR ELSE!

Rather than spoil it, I’ll let the video speak for itself, because I think it works better if you see how I approached this exercise, rather than list those items here.

If you were to come up with your own fuzzy secrets (or skills or traits or qualities or whatever!) to write and finish a book, what would be on your list?

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About Yuvi Zalkow

Yuvi Zalkow's first novel was reluctantly published in 2012 by MP Publishing. His forthcoming novel (I Only Cry with Emoticons) will be published by Red Hen Press in June of 2022. His stories and essays have been published in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, Carve Magazine, The Daily Dot, Rosebud, The Poop Report, and others. He occasionally makes YouTube videos and apps for iPhones. Check out his website if you actually want to find out more.

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