Novelist.Sunday, March 24, 2013
It’s not hard to become a novelist.Sunday, March 24, 2013
All you have to do is write a novel.Sunday, March 24, 2013
All you have to do is write a novel.Sunday, March 24, 2013
All you have to do is finish a novel.Sunday, March 24, 2013
First, I was just a kid who liked to write.Sunday, March 24, 2013
So I went to a university that had an undergraduate                                  creative writing program.Sunday, Marc...
And I won writing awards.Sunday, March 24, 2013
I was going to write                         THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL.Sunday, March 24, 2013
By the time I was 25.Sunday, March 24, 2013
But then, I graduated.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And I never wrote again.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And let me say,Sunday, March 24, 2013
That happens all the time.Sunday, March 24, 2013
Because suddenly you’re out of school and                            nobody is waiting for you to write.Sunday, March 24, ...
Nobody.Sunday, March 24, 2013
So I got a job.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And I was good at it.Sunday, March 24, 2013
So I did it for 15 years.Sunday, March 24, 2013
But I wanted to write.Sunday, March 24, 2013
So I read.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And read.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And I read.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And then I bought a desk.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And sat down.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And.Sunday, March 24, 2013
Nothing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
I had no clue how to write a book.Sunday, March 24, 2013
Because as a young writer, I wrote beautiful sentences.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And I started stories all the time.Sunday, March 24, 2013
But I had no idea how to keep going.Sunday, March 24, 2013
I had no idea how to write a story that was startling.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And satisfying.Sunday, March 24, 2013
So I took classes. I studied with writers.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And I volunteered at 826 Valencia,                         where got to know other writers.Sunday, March 24, 2013
I went to graduate school.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And I started a story about a girl who                                was looking for a family.Sunday, March 24, 2013
I really wanted to know what would happen to her.Sunday, March 24, 2013
So I kept writing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And writing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
AndSunday, March 24, 2013
After three and a half years,Sunday, March 24, 2013
I finished it.Sunday, March 24, 2013
(Finishing is very important.)Sunday, March 24, 2013
When the book was finished, I got a literary agent.Sunday, March 24, 2013
The agent sold the novel to a publisher.Sunday, March 24, 2013
The publisher turned the manuscript into a book.Sunday, March 24, 2013
The book is now sold in bookstores.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And available in public and high school libraries.Sunday, March 24, 2013
So readers can buy it or check it out.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And they do.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And that’s kind of amazing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
So, to recap.Sunday, March 24, 2013
I became a writer by writing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And reading.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And studying.Sunday, March 24, 2013
AndSunday, March 24, 2013
(and this is the secret)Sunday, March 24, 2013
Finishing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
If you want to write a book,Sunday, March 24, 2013
You have to finish it.Sunday, March 24, 2013
No matter how long it takes.Sunday, March 24, 2013
So, if you want to be a writer, you can                                  study writing in college.Sunday, March 24, 2013
OrSunday, March 24, 2013
Study English.Sunday, March 24, 2013
OrSunday, March 24, 2013
Study biology or sociology or comparative religion or                       physics or history or animal science or art.Su...
Or anything really.Sunday, March 24, 2013
Because there are a million paths to becoming a writer.Sunday, March 24, 2013
But they all require writing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And finishing what you write.Sunday, March 24, 2013
Also, there are a million ways to                             make a living as a writer.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And you might have to do all of them.Sunday, March 24, 2013
This is how the writers I know make a living:Sunday, March 24, 2013
Grants.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And residencies and fellowships.Sunday, March 24, 2013
And speaking. And graduate school.                             And teaching or tutoring.Sunday, March 24, 2013
Also commercial fishing, waitressing, investment                     banking, house cleaning, internal medicine, advocacy.S...
And sometimes from the proceeds of their books.Sunday, March 24, 2013
For the past two years, I pieced together a living.Sunday, March 24, 2013
From grants, a book advance, judging literary arts                   festivals, teaching, fellowships, speaking and consul...
You have to be comfortable with financial instability.Sunday, March 24, 2013
It’s why artists have such big egos.Sunday, March 24, 2013
We have to believe in ourselves even when                                     no one else does.Sunday, March 24, 2013
ButSunday, March 24, 2013
(and this is a big but)Sunday, March 24, 2013
It’s worth it.Sunday, March 24, 2013
So if you write. Keep writing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
Share your writing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
Find other writers.Sunday, March 24, 2013
There are writers here:                              826 ValenciaSunday, March 24, 2013
And here:                         YouthSpeaks and YouthRadioSunday, March 24, 2013
And here:                         NanoWriMo and TILT and Rising StarsSunday, March 24, 2013
AndSunday, March 24, 2013
Of course,Sunday, March 24, 2013
All over the internet.Sunday, March 24, 2013
Onward.Sunday, March 24, 2013
Novelist                         Prepared by Erica Lorraine Scheidt for Balboa High School Career Day March 20, 2013Sunday...
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  1. 1. Novelist.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  2. 2. It’s not hard to become a novelist.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  3. 3. All you have to do is write a novel.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  4. 4. All you have to do is write a novel.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  5. 5. All you have to do is finish a novel.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  6. 6. First, I was just a kid who liked to write.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  7. 7. So I went to a university that had an undergraduate creative writing program.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  8. 8. And I won writing awards.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  9. 9. I was going to write THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  10. 10. By the time I was 25.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  11. 11. But then, I graduated.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  12. 12. And I never wrote again.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  13. 13. And let me say,Sunday, March 24, 2013
  14. 14. That happens all the time.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  15. 15. Because suddenly you’re out of school and nobody is waiting for you to write.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  16. 16. Nobody.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  17. 17. So I got a job.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  18. 18. And I was good at it.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  19. 19. So I did it for 15 years.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  20. 20. But I wanted to write.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  21. 21. So I read.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  22. 22. And read.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  23. 23. And I read.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  24. 24. And then I bought a desk.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  25. 25. And sat down.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  26. 26. And.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  27. 27. Nothing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  28. 28. I had no clue how to write a book.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  29. 29. Because as a young writer, I wrote beautiful sentences.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  30. 30. And I started stories all the time.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  31. 31. But I had no idea how to keep going.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  32. 32. I had no idea how to write a story that was startling.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  33. 33. And satisfying.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  34. 34. So I took classes. I studied with writers.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  35. 35. And I volunteered at 826 Valencia, where got to know other writers.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  36. 36. I went to graduate school.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  37. 37. And I started a story about a girl who was looking for a family.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  38. 38. I really wanted to know what would happen to her.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  39. 39. So I kept writing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  40. 40. And writing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  41. 41. AndSunday, March 24, 2013
  42. 42. After three and a half years,Sunday, March 24, 2013
  43. 43. I finished it.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  44. 44. (Finishing is very important.)Sunday, March 24, 2013
  45. 45. When the book was finished, I got a literary agent.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  46. 46. The agent sold the novel to a publisher.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  47. 47. The publisher turned the manuscript into a book.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  48. 48. The book is now sold in bookstores.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  49. 49. And available in public and high school libraries.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  50. 50. So readers can buy it or check it out.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  51. 51. And they do.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  52. 52. And that’s kind of amazing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  53. 53. So, to recap.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  54. 54. I became a writer by writing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  55. 55. And reading.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  56. 56. And studying.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  57. 57. AndSunday, March 24, 2013
  58. 58. (and this is the secret)Sunday, March 24, 2013
  59. 59. Finishing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  60. 60. If you want to write a book,Sunday, March 24, 2013
  61. 61. You have to finish it.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  62. 62. No matter how long it takes.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  63. 63. So, if you want to be a writer, you can study writing in college.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  64. 64. OrSunday, March 24, 2013
  65. 65. Study English.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  66. 66. OrSunday, March 24, 2013
  67. 67. Study biology or sociology or comparative religion or physics or history or animal science or art.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  68. 68. Or anything really.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  69. 69. Because there are a million paths to becoming a writer.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  70. 70. But they all require writing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  71. 71. And finishing what you write.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  72. 72. Also, there are a million ways to make a living as a writer.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  73. 73. And you might have to do all of them.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  74. 74. This is how the writers I know make a living:Sunday, March 24, 2013
  75. 75. Grants.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  76. 76. And residencies and fellowships.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  77. 77. And speaking. And graduate school. And teaching or tutoring.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  78. 78. Also commercial fishing, waitressing, investment banking, house cleaning, internal medicine, advocacy.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  79. 79. And sometimes from the proceeds of their books.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  80. 80. For the past two years, I pieced together a living.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  81. 81. From grants, a book advance, judging literary arts festivals, teaching, fellowships, speaking and consultingSunday, March 24, 2013
  82. 82. You have to be comfortable with financial instability.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  83. 83. It’s why artists have such big egos.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  84. 84. We have to believe in ourselves even when no one else does.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  85. 85. ButSunday, March 24, 2013
  86. 86. (and this is a big but)Sunday, March 24, 2013
  87. 87. It’s worth it.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  88. 88. So if you write. Keep writing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  89. 89. Share your writing.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  90. 90. Find other writers.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  91. 91. There are writers here: 826 ValenciaSunday, March 24, 2013
  92. 92. And here: YouthSpeaks and YouthRadioSunday, March 24, 2013
  93. 93. And here: NanoWriMo and TILT and Rising StarsSunday, March 24, 2013
  94. 94. AndSunday, March 24, 2013
  95. 95. Of course,Sunday, March 24, 2013
  96. 96. All over the internet.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  97. 97. Onward.Sunday, March 24, 2013
  98. 98. Novelist Prepared by Erica Lorraine Scheidt for Balboa High School Career Day March 20, 2013Sunday, March 24, 2013

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