Another friend of mine proudly gave me a copy of his novel to read. It, too, was biographical, and he was certain it'd be a bestseller.
Maybe it well be; I don't know. The story line was interesting, but I noticed that he kept telling me that the lady was beautiful. He never once talked about how her brown hair dipped over an eye enticingly or how her short skirts showed off her legs. Worst of all, there was no conversation, no dialogue. It was all from his point. It's bad when a book is mostly dialogue and no action, but it's a killer to write a novel with no dialogue.
I can't complain, though. I've tried my hand at novel writing, and I find that I'm a better newspaper or magazine or non-fiction writer. I'm good at editing novels; I just haven't been able to write them.
So far, neither have my friends.
Update: Actually, my novel's beginning to come along nicely. The beginning and end are finished, and I'm working on the muddle in the middle. It's about 52,000 words, and I'd like to finish at least 60,000.
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