Filed under: Dave White
I’ve heard of a phenomenon called first novel-itis. Basically what it is is someone gets a book deal and it’s their first. And usually an author is an opinionated person to begin with.
So said opinionated person is now completely excited about their novel coming out. All of a sudden all they’ve done is validated. They were right, they are awesome, they are great, they are going to be bestsellers, they know everything there is to know about writing.
And they are going to tell everybody.
The problem is said person doesn’t know everything. And while get a book deal is awesome, they are not always awesome. And they do NOT know everything about writing.
The problem is I have it. And I’m fighting against it. I’m like Jekyll and Hyde. One day I just want to tell everyone to screw off and I know everything there is to know and the next I’m smart enough to say, you know what? I’m rarely right about things. There are writers who’ve been through this before and know better than I do.
But I want to give in so bad. I’m so excited to have this novel coming out and all this cool stuff that’s going on around me.
And I want to scream it to the heavens.
So I’m paranoid. Have I been too over the top with some of the things I’ve said on my own blog? Or have I kept my cool better than I thought?
I’ve become paranoid. The other day I posted an entry entitled “How I learned to write (an ongoing series)” and thought about the changing the title because I haven’t completely learned to write so I shouldn’t use past tense.
It’s an interesting world this first time novel moment. I should be bursting at the seams. I want to give advice on writing a novel, but I know I’m not the right guy to give it, all the time. In fact, most times, I should still be listening to advice.
I think what’s helping me is what my girlfriend and I call “the Irish Emotional Scale” (she’s Irish, and I have Irish blood)… The typical emotional scale is 1-10, ten being the highest. But most Irish people range only between 3-7. And that’s what I’m trying to do with this book deal, keep myself on the Irish emotional scale. I am trying real hard not to become an asshole without realizing it.
But, boy, is it tough.
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