What it takes to be a novelist
I have asked myself this question many times over the last few years. Or rather, do I have what it takes to be a novelist? In order to answer my question, I must answer your question, so, first things first.
There are many parts required to make up a novelist. The first thing necessary is a good foundation in correct usage of grammar and spelling. Next, you must have imagination, for without imagination a would-be novelist has nothing to stand on. Then a novelist must have patience with his or herself. It is impossible to write a complete novel in one day’s time. Another thing required is good organizational skills. I have learned this the hard way! I have had to scrap many good ideas and start over due to lack of planning and organization.
A novelist must be able to do research. Research is an integral portion of planning your novel. Next, the novelist must be able to plot out the story or at least plan a basic outline. The ability to put yourself into your characters minds is another important skill. If you could not accomplish this step, how would you know what your character would say or do in any given situation? One last thing I find important for a novelist is a wide range of vocabulary. While in this technological day and age, this is not as important a skill as it used to be, it is still very important.
In conclusion, these are the things I believe it takes to be a novelist. Do I have these skills and assets? I like to think so, but only time will tell.