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It took me awhile to write a novel.
I don’t even mean a published one, I mean to write a draft at all.
I didn’t really even attempt one while in college—which was a mistake. I thought I would be a journalist and thenI only took poetry writing classes—for some reason I looked down on creative fiction at that time, even though I knew deep down that’s what I’d rather be creating.
Instead I put it off, and became frustrated and jealous. Frustrated that my own writing wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be and jealous of those who were at least trying and putting pen to paper (or saving sentences in a Word doc…as the case usually was).
When I finally did try, I convinced myself it had to be epic from the outset, on par with all the great novelists. Fitzgerald or Kerouac or O’Connor. Set great expectations, right?