Apr 09, 2009, 09:52AM

Getting it done

Rules for your first novel.

Obey them:

2) All first novels should have titles derived from the Bible and/or Shakespeare.

The manuscript should be placed in a spot of the basement that’s prone to flooding, because a flood hitting the manuscript on which you wasted your youth is kind of biblical, which goes along with the title.  And using a title from the Bible or Shakespeare is also Faulknerian.  Everyone starting out of the blocks thinks they’re going to be Faulkner.  You’ve got to, or you wouldn’t start at all.


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