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No One is Reading These Days

Looking for an Excuse?

Hey there fellow novelist!  If you are casting about to latch onto an excuse to abandon your novel (whether it’s stored in a box somewhere, buried in an old computer file, or still in your heart and head), this one will do as good as any other:

No one is reading these days! 

Okay. Sure. Whatever.

Reading or Not Reading?

A few years ago, I remember sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room and nearly every person in the room was talking on his or her cell phone.

BBC News on I-phoneIf that scene were to be repeated today, what would those people in that waiting room be doing?  Their phone (hand-held device) is not held to the ear.  Instead, every person is looking at it.  Something that would have seemed pretty strange only a decade ago.

So what are people doing by looking at their hand-held devices?  I think you will have to agree – they are reading.  Omigosh.  People are reading. 

Oh, but everyone is saying that no one is reading. Now granted there are lots of videos, games, and such on these hand-held devices, but one still has to admit – people are reading. Possibly more so than ever before.

Different Manner of Reading

Are the majority of the buying public walking into a bookstore these days and pulling a $25 book off the shelf and making that purchase?  Not so much. (Personally, I buy lots of used books from Amazon!  Don’t you??)

The fact remains: people are still reading.  They may be reading in a different manner.  They may be reading using different tools (hand-held devices and e-readers), but people are still reading.  (She said again with emphasis!)

Not only that, these readers are delighting to scoop up two or three novels for a few e-readerbucks from Kindle and read them while waiting in the doctor’s office, or on a long plane flight, or on vacation at the beach.  Or scores of other places too numerous to mention.

Sorry if I spoiled your favorite excuse. I trust you’ll get over it.

Solzhenitsyn wasn’t Looking for Excuses

And while we’re on the subject of dousing excuses — if you really want to learn about a novelist who was convinced (for an entire lifetime) that external circumstances cannot, in any way, dampen the drive of a true, dedicated novelist – read about the life of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. http://www.gradesaver.com/author/solzhenitsyn/

How Important Is It?

The point is this: those looking for excuses to jump ship find them.  Those determined to bring the ship all the way home to the harbor will find a way to do so.Be A Novelist

How important is it to you to be a novelist?

Nuf sed!

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I trust the teaching and instruction given in this blog post was helpful in your goal to be a novelistFor more in-depth writer’s workshops, check out the wide variety offered at the Be A Novelist Website.

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Are Novelists a Dying Breed?

Time for ChangeOh the times they are a-changing.”  Remember that song?

Well guess what?  Times are always changing.  They always have changed and they always will change. The only question is, will you be at the forefront of the change, or left in the dust?

Pitiful Bad News

I know, I know.  I can read; I can hear.  All the pitiful bad news:Be A Novelist

  •   Publishing companies are going broke
  •   Book stores are folding
  •   No one reads anymore
  •   Heck with reading – no one is even buying books anymore

If we believe all of that, no one will ever write another novel, ever.  Just as well cash it all in and walk away.  (For many aspiring novelists, this is why their novel-in-progress is tucked away gathering dust. See blog “Where is Your Novel?”)

Ups and Downs

I just have to chuckle a little at all of this bad news hoopla.  Why?  Because I’ve seen a number of ups and downs throughout my writing career.

I remember in the ‘70s when video was becoming popular.  The alarm went out that the demise of books was near.

I remember sometime later when the alarm went out that there was going to be a severe paper shortage.  There wouldn’t be enough paper to even write your novel, let alone get it published into book form.

This is just two brief examples to hopefully set things in perspective.

Those Who Have Gone Before

Jane AustenI was privileged to write a number of author bios for Chelsea House Publishing.  I wrote about F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jane Austen (my hero), Samuel Clemens, the Bronte sisters, and several others.  What fun I had peeking into the lives of my fellow authors.

One familiar thread ran through every bio – each of these novelists was intensely focused on writing what was in their heart to write.  They cared nothing about bad news, downturns in the economy, who was in government, whether or not their work would ever grace anyone’s bookshelf.  They wrote because they could not NOT write.  It was like a fire burning in their bones.

So where does all the bad news go?  That is your decision to make.  I certainly have a few thoughts on the subject, but I cannot lead your life.

It all boils down to this:  What matters most – what’s going on in the world; or what’s burning inside you to get out and written on paper? (OR on your computer?)

You must decide!

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I trust the teaching and instruction given in this blog post was helpful in your goal to be a novelistFor more in-depth writer’s workshops, check out the wide variety offered at the Be A Novelist Website.

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Are you one of those budding novelists who makes a great start but you can’t seem to finish?  Then this is for you!  Be A Novelist, Six-Month, Finish-My-Novel Challenge!  Six full months of guidance and instruction. Guaranteed to light a fire under your novel-writing attempts and to launch you into a pattern of consistent writing! Check it out here!

 

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