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The Mathematics of Writing a Novel

Writing a novel is a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal. A bucket-list item. And like so many other bucket-list items, you have to find a way to make it happen.



’ve set aside for your writing, or it could be in addition to your writing commitment.

You might find a writing class helpful (Catapult offers many fine options), or a walk outside, or a visit to someplace new, pen and notebook in hand. Now return to the blank page during your chosen time. Allow yourself to write what Anne Lamott calls a “shitty first draft.” Eventually, with time set aside, new ideas in mind and nothing to do but write, your words are bound to emerge.