I want to write a book.

22 11 2016

It’s a strange feeling, to want to write something as arduous as a book. Usually, the only cravings I’ll get are for chips or chocolate but somehow I found myself wondering why I shouldn’t write a novel — and this is coming from someone who doesn’t usually write fiction. I’ve always found it difficult to craft something entirely made-up; mostly I’m just not sure 1) I have enough plot to tell a story, and 2) anyone will truly believe what I’m writing. Yet I do have ideas for novels, including a YA novel that, the more I think about it, the more difficult it actually seems to write. I suppose I’m kind of going in circles here, but bear with me, this is a stream-of-consciousness thing and I’m not going to go back and edit this so too bad if it’s one big mess of ideas.

I think the problem I have with writing a novel is that it’s daunting. The word count is daunting. The amount of time people spend — years upon years of their lives — is daunting. Creating something good, telling a worthwhile story — it’s all daunting to me. I think part of the problem is that I build up this idea of how to write a novel that I don’t even begin doing it. That’s why I think National Novel Writing Month is so awesome; the idea of writing an entire novel in a month — or rather, that someone, anyone, could, over the course of 30 days, simply write a book — is amazing to me. It doesn’t have to be that hard. And I think this is what I’m slowly learning. Writing doesn’t have to be that hard (if you know the story you’re trying to tell). What it takes some writers up to a decade to write could take others — including myself — a few weeks.

I could do it, I’ve been telling myself. I could, if I truly wanted to.


21 04 2013

What do you do when you’re about halfway through a book and you’re not really interested in continuing because the story’s not that great for whatever reason (in my case, it’s the self-absorption and annoying-ness of the main character) but you feel like you can’t cop out and abandon it after dedicating so much time to it already?

I want to stop reading this novel but I feel like I owe it to myself (and the novel, to some extent) to finish it. At the same time, this isn’t a book that makes me want to keep reading or that leaves me itching to find out what’s going to happen next.

What would you do?

National Reading Campaign

13 11 2012

From Nov. 13-20, it’s the National Reading Campaign!  I suppose this is an effort to get the mildly illiterate population to pick up a book — you know, one of those things made up of lots of pieces of paper with words in them.  So in honour of this week which probably no one will observe — or at least not students because they don’t give a shit about anything and are blind to the rest of the world, particularly students at UBC, it seems — here is a picture of me and Every Day by David Levithan, which I will be starting today.  (I just finished reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes earlier this evening and read on the bus to and from school, so I am not a poser)