fandom rage in three, two, one....)
Don't get too upset now: I mean, in the ways of professionally approaching the craft. I will always be at least an amateur novelist...... if not anything more.
This is why:
Me: Hey, I think I'll write a story, and the plot will go like this! *starts to write*
*watches Star Wars*
Me: ILOVETHATMOVIE! IWILLMAKEMYSTORYJUSTLIKEIT!
Me: Hey, that little story of mine has altered some...... but now I think I can write it.
Me: HEY! That's a good idea..... maybe I should make my book just like that...
Me: I finally started writing my book!
*reads Lord Of The Rings*
Me: THOSE BOOKS ARE GENIUS!!!!! MY BOOK WILL BE A DISASTER UNLESS I MAKE IT JUST LIKE IT!
Me: Well..... I think my story has improved, at least. And I've picked up writing it again.
*watches Lord Of The Rings*
Me: OH MY GOOOOSSSSSSHHHHH!!!! ILOVETHATMOVIE!!!! I WILL MAKE MY STORY JUSTLIKEIT!
Me: That's it. I just gotta come up with my own story.
Me: I need some inspiration....
Me: This plot has been done waaay too many times.... *tweaks plot*
Me: OHMYWORD HOW DID I LIVE BEFORE I READ TSUBASA?????
I must make my book just like it. But I'll blend all the other stuff I already thought up, too.
Me: I finally have an original story! NO MORE COPYING OTHER PEOPLE.
*reads more manga*
*admires their very good plots*
Me: My story sucks.
*runs out of ideas*
*watches Code Geass anime*
(note, this is the exact same story THE WHOLE TIME)
November: *writes a short*
December: *writes a short*
January: *writes a short*
February: *starts a feature*
March: *is writing a short*
*has absolutely no qualms over having an original plot*
................................................. y'all get what I mean?
Now, I don't want to see you people all comment and tell me that I just need to work on it more, novel writing will become easier over time, don't discourage yourself now.
I get it, y'all. I really do.
I'm just saying, as much as I LOVE AND ADORE novel writing, I don't think I could, at this point in life, approach it professionally.
I really, really could do that my whole entire life. Successfully.
I could also spend the rest of my life trying to write that book.
But I'm content to leave that in "amateur" stage. Because, at least I do enjoy it, coming up with ideas and tweaking the plot and meeting new characters.
But just so y'all know.
This is partly a writing blog.
But I'm a screenwriter. Not a novelist.
Oh, by the way the elevator story is coming. ^_^