bold word, novel

out there
you bloggers
and readers
and lovers of words.
Have any of you
ever tried to write a

8 thoughts on “bold word, novel

  1. thronedoggie

    Uh, nope.

    I’ve thought about it a few times, but less and less lately.

    I think EBR sums it up for me:
    “There was the over-weening ambition to be the world’s greatest author, when—at thirty-nine—I had nothing of importance to say to the world.” — *He Who Loses His Life*, Big Book, Third Edition

    jim p.

  2. Rob Burke

    I came across your site while doing a google search on Jack Bacheler. I ran into him and a group of his students while hiking with my family in the mountains last week, and I wanted to get my facts straight about his accomplishments. I really enjoyed your “Distant Heroes” interviews and I want to know if you have taken that project any further? Also, Jack commented that it was a small world. It’s ironic he said that because I used to do morning runs and also travel to races with one of your former UNC team mates, Marla Daniel, during ’82-’84. You often competed in some of the same races we ran.

  3. Steve Sherlock

    No, the novel is not in my future plans. I’ll stick to the blog writing I do and the poetry I craft. Short and sweet. Sherku in particular is my twist on the ancient haiku form.

  4. Joan Post author

    … and what about writer’s block?

    Dave sent me this from

    “Writer’s block is a sham. Anyone who wrote yesterday can write today, it’s just a question of if they can do it to their own satisfaction. It’s not the fear of writing that blocks people, it’s its fear of not writing well; something quite different. Certainly every writer has moments of paralysis, but the way out is to properly frame what’s going on, and writer’s block, as commonly misunderstood, is a red herring.

    Consider this: Have you ever been blocked while playing Frisbee? Eating doughnuts? Dancing naked in your living room? Those are joyful things and there’s nothing at stake: if you fail, who cares? Nobody. If there are no rules, and no judgment, psychological blocks are impossible. And remember writers like making names and overthinking things: there is no term for architect-block, painter-block, juggler-block or composer-block. Every creative pursuit faces similar pressures, but they don’t obsess about it the way writers seem to do.”

    Baseball players DO have hitting slumps though.
    Hmmm … writer’s slump just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

  5. George - FFSG

    Writing a novel? Are you kidding, I am still trying to finish that article for Runner’s World I started on a year and a half ago!

  6. Roger Saltsman

    Yes, I am working on one right now. I am learning to write and chipping away at it. Halfway. Just have to make it to the end. Then the fun begins. Editing!

    Joan, I like your page and the article on Tony Waldrop.

    I ran for Brevard College in 79-81 and remeber Coach Witek telling us about Reginald McAfee.

  7. Ewen


    If I were to try, I’d tell a story.

    I’d put the story first, rather than the words. I’d try to tell a story that I’d like to read, and make it a story that others would like to read.

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