Writing your first novel?

Read the following on McSweeny’s site this morning and the first paragraph was so embarrassingly close to my mental landscape that I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry:

WRITING YOUR FIRST NOVEL SHOULD HAPPEN ONLY AFTER YOU’VE WRITTEN A TOME ON BUSINESS STRATEGY.

BY JANET MANLEY

 

“You’ve got the next Great American Novel inside of you, I know. The themes accost you daily in every moment of social interaction; the transparency of the world is wrenching; you can see the strings from which reality dangles in gifted moments of illumination; there is so much beauty in decay; the umbilical cord is severed, child abandons parent; the Voice speaks to itself, is at once issued and received; the novel will be a little bit meta, but willing to expound audience expectations of a well-trodden genre; there will be an alpaca; sandwiches eat sandwich artists; it will revolutionize literature and explode the industrial author complex.

But wait, don’t write the book yet. Write a book about post-acquisition integration strategy first.” {from McSweenys…read the rest of it here}

 

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