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“Working On My Novel” Is A Twitter Collection of Procrastination, Self-Delusion, And Even Hard Work

127 tweets from would-be writers whose masterpieces aren’t quite finished.

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When people inquire about your profession and you say you’re “working on a novel,” there’s a reason they roll their eyes. Most of the time “working on a novel” really means cleaning the apartment, checking Facebook, baking cookies, and, of course talking–and tweeting–about writing a novel.

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Now, there’s a literary compendium of all this writing-about-writing and procrastination. In the book Working on My Novel, artist Cory Arcangel has collected 127 tweets featuring would-be novelists who swear that they are buckling down and banging out pages. The tweets were first assembled in a Twitter feed, and an actual small volume is due out July 31.

There’s plenty of wishful thinking (about the ability of red wine and margaritas to fuel a strong work ethic) desperate assurances (“For those wondering, I am still working on my novel. I put in 7 hours today and am planning a full day tomorrow”) and just plain funny moments (“Still working on my novel’s climax, a battle sequence. Tricky to get the pacing right…).

It all sounds a bit sad, but anyone who has actually completed a novel knows that the process actually includes all of this stuff–from procrastination, to self-doubt, to intense focus. And, obviously, wine and margaritas.

About the author

Jennifer Miller is the author of The Year of the Gadfly (Harcourt, 2012) and Inheriting The Holy Land (Ballantine, 2005). She's a regular contributor to Co.Create.

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