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The Novelist's Journey--Is It Worth It????

The other day my mother-in-law informed me that she wanted to write a novel.  Her enthusiasm and passion about the project caused me to think back on my own experience as a writer.  To say the least, my journey has certainly been filled with lots of ups and downs.

Heck, how I got through the first year still boggles me. I dove into my project head first and completed the entire draft within ten months. Then, without editing the piece, I proudly posted the story on an online critique site, half expecting the reviewers to gush over it.  Needless to say,  I was sorely disappointed by the feedback I received.  I learned there were enough point of view shifts to inflict whiplash on a reader.  My plot had more holes than a warehouse filled with Swiss cheese, and the characters were one-dimensional.

Essentially, my grasp of the basic fundamentals of fiction writing was nonexistent. After licking my wounds for about three months, I realized I missed the craft. The experience of creating a w…