So for a while now, I've been trying work on a prose novel. Slowly becoming disillusioned with the comic books industry, I figure it's a good time to continue the journey that I began in 08'. But I can't because honestly...I'm scared. Not of one thing in particular, but a number. Novel's seem extremely daunting, the sheer size and scope are frightening to me. I really don't even understand how people write novels? What drives you? What keeps you driven? What pushes all the fear and anxiety out of your heads? And do you have some of, whatever it is, I can borrow? Also what if my novel sucks? What if it's just not a good story? I'm writing this as a sort of confession and maybe a little therapy. I've been told to outline or to take it one chapter at a time. But ever time I sit down to write I feel like I'm facing a wall of water that is about to annihilate me. Anyone have any recommendations about how to get over that? 

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Comment by H. Wolfgang Porter on July 11, 2017 at 8:14pm

No sweat brah.

I been down that road and see myself staring at the beginning every time I start a new project. Eventually, you'll get tired of making excuses and get on with it. If it's any consolation, you never really get past it. You overcome the anxiety for a while, get excited about doing the work, then start sweating while the work is underway and sweat some more while crafting the final product, then finally get to sweat bullets waiting to see what your audience's reaction will be and whether it will blow up or not. Wash, rinse, repeat....

Comment by Nelo Maxwell on July 11, 2017 at 12:34pm
Appreciate the stern advice Wolf.
Comment by H. Wolfgang Porter on July 10, 2017 at 11:04pm

Hey Nelo,

Brah, check out my group the 'Self-Publishers Coalition'. There you will find lots of info about writing particularly dealing with the 'fear' and business side of novel writing and getting your work published.

To answer your questions in a nutshell, 'You' are the answer. You want to understand how to write novels? 'You' figure out why you want to, what will keep you going and learn how this $#!% works. 'You' have to figure out how to contend with your anxieties and fears, better yet put all that energy into the story you write. That way it will be 'real' for you. There's no 'courage loaner program' bubba. 'You' either reach down deep or up high and pull it out. It's there or it isn't and only 'you' can decide which. If your work 'sucks', it will be because you half-assed it and didn't put your mind to it in addition to not using all available means to craft a readable and at least enjoyable piece. Then too, you want strong reactions to your work. The last thing you want people to say is 'eh'. When that 'wall of water' is rolling in you either stand there like a bitch and drown or put your damn 'water wings' on, hold your breath long as you can and kick your way to the surface. You'll find that writing your 'first book' is hard. It's writing the next ones that will be hard as hell! You've created comics so you have experience in the realm of creation. Now's the time to stop whimpering, pick up your dive knife and jump feet first into the shark tank of a new medium. Or...walk the &#^@ away and act like you were never here....

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