UGLY TRUTH #1 This sh!t ain't easy.
If you can't get past this first ugly truth, no one will judge you, but, please, don't try to act as if it isn't true! If you walk into the world of writing a novel anticipating some sort of leisurely activity at the helm of your keyboard, I believe you are setting yourself up for disappointment. I am not trying to say that you won't have fun or love what you are doing while writing a novel, I am simply stating that you will be working.
UGLY TRUTH #2 You need more than a month.
Everyone knows that I am a great lover of the NaNoWriMo challenges that gather we writers around the Internet to inspire one another as we go forth and "complete" our novels in the space of one month, but let's be honest, it's not happening. Yes, you can easily finish a first draft in one month, I'll even go so far as to say those who are real pros might be able to complete their second draft, but the whole thing? No way. To fully finish a novel, you need to have others look at, tell you what they think and adjust as necessary. For the sake of their sanity, the process must take more than a month! Which leads me to...
UGLY TRUTH #3 You can not do it alone.
I am absolutely sure there are more ugly truths about writing a novel. Some that come to mind are:
- You will hear voices.
- Long time friends may think you've lost your mind.
- No one will believe you are serious.
Thanks for reading!
Which ugly truth did I leave out?
Do you dispute any of the ugly truths I have included?