Could You Write the Next Great Novel?

Posted: August 2, 2007 in blogging, books, challenge, college, creation, education, experiment, faith, History, hobbies, home, life, Me, News, personal, personality, projects, writing

Take a chance. Who would have thought 15 years ago that J.K. Rowling would be so fabulously famous and rich? Not even J.K. Rowling I bet.

I got to thinking about this when I went through some old boxes last month. In one box I found one complete opera and one half way finished opera I wrote when I was 17 (maybe 18). I no longer have the compilation disk of classical music I used- since I can’t compose music worth a darn. But the characters and their words came back to life in my mind the moment I opened the somewhat yellowed pages of the old notebook where I recorded these little experiments in lyrics.

In another box I found a series 17 sonnets I wrote when I was in my freshman year of college. Sadly, the middle sonnets [7, 8, and 9] were missing. But reading through them I was amazed at how optimistic, idealistic, and verbose I was back then.

In yet another box I found my handwritten notes about operas I wanted to put together, with story lines and characters. I found my notes on books I wanted to write back when I was 19. One book was about a major revolution in the U.S. led by a Cuban-American Senator and a young idealist- whose death at the gallows inspired an apathetic populace. Another was a Swiftian satire about a young scholar who travels through different nations recording their history and his experiences with the local government. I remember writing one about his experiences in a socialist state, but sadly, I can’t find it anywhere.

The last was a book based on an old Spanish folk tale about a beautiful young woman who lived in a large glass enclosure inside an old bar. Two rich young men come to court her, and pay the barkeep large sums of money in order to visit with her. Can you guess what happens next? Well go ahead and guess before you click on the page break.

Well after both men become poor from paying the barkeep to see the beautiful young woman, she runs off with the newly rich bartender. A-Ha!

What about you? What have your written in the past? What have you always wanted to write? Put pen to paper and see what happens.

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Comments
  1. Neil says:

    You are quite the creative type! Opera?! Good for you.

  2. Sadly, my muse is mostly silent these days. I had a creative burst during my last year of law school, but ever since then nothing much. I think I will start trying again though.

  3. Brooke says:

    You can write opera?!?

    Now that’s talent!

  4. It wasn’t good opera…just lyrics set to classical music. For a while it was all just in my head, then I finally put pen to paper- well, actually I used pencil. But still, you get my point.

  5. Debbie says:

    I’m impressed. Now there’s a way to make lots of money.

    Could I write the next novel? No way, not enough patience.

  6. Angel says:

    wow that sure is talent!

  7. I’m working on a political opinion book, but I doubt I’ll ever have the time to finish it. It’s based on the embrace of Sartre and Nietzsche’s nihilistic “subjective truth” in the Democrat party since 1963.

  8. anthonynorth says:

    Hi,
    I’m the past master at all this. I’ve written the ‘great’ novels. Only problem is, no publisher believes me.
    Damn!

  9. CatherineL says:

    I John – I’ve written novels in the past, but part way through the second draft, I got tired of the story.

    I liked the last one but my ex husband wiped the back up disc before I loaded it onto my new pc. And to make matters worse, I heard that something with a similar storyline was made into a film a couple of months later – so I obviously don’t write quickly enough.

    Never mind, I’m now having another attempt and I’m going on a work in progress novel course in May. So, I’m hoping that I’ll either learn to improve it there – or they’ll tell me I’m a hopeless case and that I should just give up.

  10. CatherineL says:

    Sorry – that should have said Hi John – not I John.

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