The Next Great American Novel

As most of you who follow this blog know, I have written a novel. It has received a number of looks and received many kind words, but like Superman’s relationship pursuit, nobody wants to tango. The agent keeps beating the bushes, but I am not holding my breath. It’s safer that way.

This blog has scratched my writing itch since then, but I have had this idea formulating in my head for a couple of months. It all started in the spring of 2019 when I wrote three short pieces that had a common thread, but no beginning or end. After finishing the third piece I thought “this could be the nucleus of something,” but nothing ever came of it.

Recently however, that once forgotten thought has been germinating. I have a rough theme and concept in mind and I can weave some of the stuff that is going on in today’s world into it. I am intrigued by what the finished project could look like, and believe the story would be engrossing and something everyone could relate to. The problem is that one issue has been a roadblock: the amount of work and time that is involved.

If it was just a matter of writing it, proofing it, then sending it on its way, I would do it in a heartbeat. That isn’t the way it works though.

After I finished the final draft of my novel, I wound up rewriting it so many times during the editing process that I lost count. All I remember is that it was at least dozen times, and perhaps more. Each time I re-read the manuscript was more tedious and annoying than the previous one. I felt like Sisyphus rolling that huge boulder up the hill, thinking this would be the time I got to the top, only to have it roll back down to the bottom for me to start all over again. In retrospect I can’t complain because the final product was superior to anything that preceded it, but have any of you ever read the same book over and over again in a year? I am pretty sure you would hate the story if you did. That is how it was for me.

It killed any desire I may have had to write another one, so my attention turned to this space, where I can pontificate on whatever I want and not take a lot of time doing it.

I can’t deny the itch was there however, and it’s getting more pronounced. The blog is getting a little stale and is beginning to feel like work. I enjoy telling stories, developing characters and plot lines, and am enthralled with the idea that for at least a few hours, someone would devote a sliver of their free time to enjoy the fruits of my imagination.

Plus I am bored! Bored, bored, bored, bored, bored! I work from home, don’t get out a lot, and have a lot of time on my hands. I had my Ocrevus infusion last week  and will have to spend the next eight weeks being extra careful while the immune system recuperates, and will have even more disposable time. I need to find something to occupy it.

All I need to do is take that first step, because once that occurs the rest will take care of itself. And like my agent said after I shared the thought with her, once you get one book published it is a lot easier to get subsequent stories done. So maybe story number two could be the best thing for story number one.

Writing the next great American novel is what I fantasize about. But the reality is this is nothing more than pure fantasy. Realistically, I probably have a better chance of hitting the lottery than that happening. Then again, there is zero chance of it happening if you don’t try.

All it would take is for me to open the laptop and write that first paragraph. You never know.

 

 

 

Author: Steve Markesich

I am loving husband, a doting father, a Red Sox fanatic, an aspiring novelist and MS advocate. Feel free to check out my stevemarkesich.com web site.

5 thoughts on “The Next Great American Novel”

  1. Not sure why you dragged my relationship woes into this but thanks for the nod I guess. 😂
    Now to the meat and potatoes.
    You my friend are an excellent writer. I was honored to be one of the few that had the opportunity to read your book. I still am.
    Your struggles in the marketing and publishing dept are probably what is holding me back from working on a book, the amount of BS other than the writing scares me..
    As for your blog, do what I did, free ball it without worrying too much about a major topic. You have an interesting life and you’re an interesting guy. I would like for all of your readers to know you as well as I do.
    Keep up the fight, buddy.

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  2. Steve. Write. Write. Go do it. Be fast and furious, then self publish on Amazon. EBook. Get the story out. Realize this is a difficult frenzies pace but do it. Then promote the hell out of it. If that goes, self publish again, your first novel. It may let your publisher know, you are ready! I’ll buy it!

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