Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Three things you need to become a successful novelist


According to Michael Chabon, "an acclaimed and bestselling author whose works include the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay " so I guess we'd better listen to him.

Here they are:

"Talent, luck and discipline. Discipline is the one element of those three things that you can control, and so that is the one that you have to focus on controlling, and you just have to hope and trust in the other two.”

I'm very like an octopus on rollerskates then. (That's assuming I have any talent.)

My writing friend, Chitra Soundar, puts me to shame. Every day.

She works full time in a bank. She gets up every day between 5 and 6 and writes 1000 words.

I truly admire her. 

This morning, I got up at 5.59 a.m. I wrote 1000 words on a piece of paper.

Then, just to be on the safe side, I wrote it again.

I didn't feel the hoped for sense of achievement.

Am I missing something here, Chitra?