Three Ways Writing a Novel Will Change Your Life

Let me guess—you want to write a book.

Odds are, you’ve been growing this idea in your head for, oh, ever. Or maybe, there’s this great story that just needs to be told. Maybe your Great-Great Aunt Matilda’s cousin’s father’s brother was a world renowned magician in the 19oo’s until that fateful day he was supposedly shipwrecked and never heard from again—but Matilda knows better. Or maybe your dog died. Maybe your mind is swimming with possibilities, swimming with ideas, swimming with stories that simply need to be told. You don’t just want to write a book. You need to write a book. You have to write a book.

But you don’t.

Because every time you sit down, open up a fresh Word document, or whatever you Apple people would call it, and make yourself a cup of coffee, and sit down in your comfy desk chair, and put your hands down to the keyboard, and start to think, to really think, about what it is you have to say—

Well, you realize that you haven’t checked Facebook yet today.

So you do that instead.

And then you see this link to a great article. And you spend the next hour learning all there is to know about the Goblin Shark, and exactly what you need to do to avoid it and keep its freakish, twisted, gruesome face as far away from your flesh as possible. And by now, you’ve drunk all your coffee. And all you’ve got to show for it is a blank document.

So you give up.

But what would happen if, one day, you actually wrote that book of yours? Well, you’d have a book. A book that you wrote. You’d have some pretty sweet bragging rights. You’d get to witness the tears of joy shed by your Great-Great Aunt Matilda when she gazes upon your manuscript. But what else will writing bring you, other than the actual satisfaction of having finished something you started? Here are three ways that writing a novel will change your life.

  1. 1.You’ll begin to pay closer attention to details

Once you’ve become responsible for setting the scene for your readers, you will start to be more aware of the world around you. You will begin to notice the ways in which people communicate through body language. You will begin to notice how people react in conversation. How a passing car sounds. How Matilda’s watch face is shaped like a pudgy, diamond studded rabbit. How long it takes a cup of coffee to go cold.

All those important details you never caught before.

  1. You’ll fall in love

With people you’ll never meet and worlds you’ll never visit. It’s sort of like reading, except that when you find yourself getting mad at the author for killing your favorite characters, you realize that you may have had one too many cups of coffee last night, and simply delete the page. Not only will you open doors to realms you never knew existed, but you will also have complete control over what happens within them. Which is a beautiful thing. And also somewhat terrifying.

Not only will you fall in love with what you write, but you will fall in love with writing itself.

  1. You’ll find your voice

You’ll start to realize that you have a lot of things to say, and that you haven’t been saying them. You’ll explore your own heart, mind, and soul and begin to understand yourself just a little bit better. You’ll examine what makes people tick, and what makes them get ticked off. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of yourself, and a deeper understanding of other people. You’ll grow confidence in your beliefs, and learn to boldly defend them.

You might discover a lot about yourself.

Not to mention Great-Great Aunt Matilda’s cousin’s father’s brother.

Happy writing.
(P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about the Goblin shark, click here)

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