So your want to write a novel: Infographic

Amusing infographic about novel writing. Sounds about right.

Eric M. Ralph

ByΒ Eric Ralph

When people hear that I wrote a novel and published it, they often say that they would like to write a novel someday too. This infographic is for those aspiring novelists out there.So You Want to Write a Novel infographic

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32 thoughts on “So your want to write a novel: Infographic

  1. Hilarious. Do you know how many times people have said to me, you write? Wow, I’ve thought about writing a book. I’ve got lots of material, I’m sure it would be easy.

    Or, they actually write (in a different genre generally) and then come to me for all the fast track info on who to send it to, etc., how to get there and make $. This was before the ebook phenom. I’m all for helping, but I started by reading everything I could to get here (starting in the 80’s with Dan Poynter’s first book), and I’ve been doing this a long time. I started writing on notebooks when I was about 12!

    • Lol fast track info. That’s the sort of thing you have to earn – you can’t just ask for it! Hahaha and I love the “I should write a book” thing. There’s a big difference between thinking about writing a book, and actually forcing yourself to sit down and write one.

    • What is it they say? There’s a book inside all of us, and that’s where it should stay? If you’re a writer, though, it won’t be able to keep itself in. It will continue to push until you burst or go mad. For the other 90%, they can probably keep it to themselves be just fine.

      And just so we’re clear, even when that book starts pushing itself out and onto the paper, I think we can all agree that you still go mad. Just a different kind of mad.

  2. Yep. That’s about right. πŸ™‚

  3. Infographics are a cool new “How to” medium. Wish they were around when I was going to Concordia U. I could have saved a ton of money and time. Comics for adults, WOW.

    • They’re fun, right? I especially like the ones that teach you something, but in a really sarcastic way, so you’re laughing so hard you don’t even notice you picked up some new information πŸ˜€

  4. Oh so brilliant, and true!

  5. Uhg! (Not at you Michelle) people I swear

  6. oops accidentally hit post. I have heard that so many times! That people cosider writing a book when they know nothing about writing, sadly, I guess in this day and age anyone who wants to actually can—not that they should

  7. consider lol–see not everyone should πŸ™‚

    • Okay now I have the full comment-ing picture. YES, it’s frustrating when people are all “Writing a book is easy, I’ma go write one right now despite having no concept of basic grammar or plotting BLARGH” — the blargh is of course because I just stabbed them in the next with my Hello Kitty pen.

  8. Where on there did it say take out a second job to support your book writing habit? These days, I sniff the red pen ink just to get me through another day. One more day . . . one more word. I can quit anytime I want (Sniffs red pen ink)

  9. Thanks for pointing me to that. I like the line about β€œThe marketing of your book is left completely up to you. An introvert who started writing in the first place to avoid having to talk to people.” So true πŸ™‚

    • Lol right? I almost feel like there should be some sort of website where marketing majors can hook up with authors – the author writes, the marketer markets, and they split the profits 50/50 or something.

      • Not sure about the 50/50 split, but I’ve often thought that would be a good idea. πŸ™‚

      • Hey Michelle, another one of your awesome ideas. I am a marketing guru and now dividing my time between my North and South American clients. No authors yet, but maybe you can start a trend? I am willing to go better and 90/10 in favor of all you hardworking and underappreciated writers. I may be wrong, but I consider it much harder to write a book than a marketing campaign.

        • 90/10??? That would be awesome for the writer, but I’m not sure it’s such a great deal for the marketer. I mean, the writer works for a few years to get the book out, but once it’s done, it’s done. But the marketer has to sell that puppy for the rest of his/her life. Hence my 50/50 suggestion. But then, I clearly know nothing about finances, so maybe your way makes sense after all, lol.

          • Thanks for your feedback on my proposal. In real life us marketer’s are really over paid “Divas”. FYI I do not: “sell that puppy for the rest of his/her life”. I give my “creative all” for a few hours to one client and then give my all to another, etc. My work is usually routine and based on simple principals applied consistently and with a little creativity. Your work is mostly unique and greatly creative. go t

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  11. LOL –Love this. πŸ™‚

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