So You Want to Write a Novel

I’m running out the door for a local school visit, but wanted to pass along a pretty great video.

It is frighteningly true: I’ve had similar conversations many times. I even mentioned the phenomenon in a recent interview, the shocking amount of people who want to skip the “writer” stage and proceed directly to “author.”

The video was made by David Kazzie, who blogs at The Corner.

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  1. dwkazzie says:

    Hi James,

    I wrote the video, so I really appreciate the re-post. I guess I’m sorry how many people have said how accurate the video is. THAT is a little disturbing.

    Thanks again.
    David Kazzie

  2. jimmy says:

    It is accurate, David, and funny. I feel a little bad about including your video here, because as a rule I try not to criticize any aspiration, no matter how unfounded it might be. You want to write a book? Nobody says you can’t — and surely not me. Who am I to judge? So I usually reply, “That’s great. You should do it!”

  3. Tammy says:


    “I wish I could kill you and get away with it…”

    Thanks for this…

    ” My throat is starting to close up…”

  4. Tammy says:

    This piece cracked me up. Thanks for sharing.

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