Believe it or not, some people say it’s not impossible. I don’t disagree, but I’m curious to know how. I’m a novelist—a struggling one with no pretense, for I know in the literary world, being chichi can produce a devastating effect on a writer’s career. From my experience, writing a manuscript takes a lot! After the first draft, the bulk of the work still lies ahead. To me, this draft is the foundation from which the final version will ultimately be achieved.
There are several questions a novelist needs to ask himself/herself before thinking of publishing. Does the intro have the attention grabber to hook my readers? Is the pacing in line with the narrative? Will it take my readers to the climax of the story? Is there a resolution? Do I need to use a love story as the backdrop to move the plot forward?
I’m not a perfectionist, and I know in this game, perfection is the elusive dream. Nonetheless, a game plan is required, which must begin with an outline. I’ve found out writing the outline is the most difficult task. Having one, however, makes your life a whole lot easier. When you’re ready to start, it feels like putting meat on a bone. It serves as a baseline for writing your synopsis. Then, comes the tedious process of revision….
With all that it entails, can a writer do all this in a year—in time for publication? I don’t know what you guys think.
Note: Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine . He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Methods at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.
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