Some Hard Facts That Prove I Am Writing A Novel

Just in case you ever doubted me

Clare Wieck
2 min readSep 6, 2022
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Scientific studies have shown that writers read a lot. And I read a ton. Are you calling science a liar?

I’ve wanted to write a book for over 15 years now. That’s dedication!

I’ve told everyone I know that I’m writing a novel. Who would embarrass themselves by backing out of a goal they’ve announced to their friends? Exactly.

I’ve signed up for National Novel Writing Month (“NaNoWriMo” to those of us who talk about it a lot due to our heavy involvement), in which I will be actively working on my novel.

I paid for my writing software. Free writing software is for hobbyists and posers who don’t actually do anything, and I cannot relate to those people.

I’ve captured hundreds of ideas for my novel inside a limited edition (Pokémon) Moleskine notebook. I don’t cut corners when it comes to owning the right equipment to accommodate my hectic writing lifestyle.

I’m clued in on the lingo. I know all about ARCs, expositions, and pantsers versus planners, and use these terms in everyday conversation, ready to explain them to non-novel-writing-people (NoNoWriPes).

Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Austen, and Woolf are all at the top of my authors-to-read list. I don’t muck around when it comes to keeping inspiration alive as I continually think about penning my novel.

You know that scene in The Shining where Jack Nicholson is sitting at his typewriter bashing out reams of paper that say, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? It’s one of my favourite movie scenes because I relate so strongly to his dedication and creative process. I play most of the time so that my mind is ready to work when I need it to. And when I do work, can you guess what I (would) do? That’s right; write my goddamn book.

In therapy, all I talk about is writing my novel. In fact, my therapist now considers it a clinical issue that may require medicine, which I think is a testament to how seriously I take my discipline.