Blog update – & “How to Write a Novel” by Cristian Mihai (6-minute vid & transcription!)

Hi everyone! I’ve been away from this blog for awhile. It’s busy times, nearing the end of the kids’ school year; lots of decisions to make for next years’ schooling as well as the ramp-up to the year-end school events and exams, not to mention the April vacation coming up.

I also must admit that I’ve started a few new creative projects. 😜¯\_()_/¯🤩

I wish I could stop starting new things, and instead finish a few, but in the meantime I guess all I can do is roll with the creative waves!

Anyway, I wanted to share this awesome 6-minute video with you all, as well as the transcription I made from it. It’s by our local Art of Blogging WordPress blogger extraordinaire, Cristian Mihaiand it’s called  “How to Write a Novel.” 

Cristian liked some of my posts, which is how I came to see his blogs (he has at least three — that last link leads to the third). I’ve shared one of his posts before — the one called “The Four Noble Truths of Blogging.”

I recently “came across” (okay, rabbit-holed) Cristian’s YouTube channel, and tbh I’m not sure why he’s hasn’t been promoting it more; it’s pretty awesome! Loved this short (6m15s) “How to Write a Novel” vid. I also showed it to my kids, and they thought it was pretty danged entertaining as well. :))

Here it is, with my (approximate) transcription underneath, posted with Cristian’s blessing. :)) Be sure to “like” the video and subscribe to Cristian’s channel on YouTube, if you find it useful!

How to Write a Novel (6-minute video)
Published on Jan 26, 2018 by Cristian Mihai [Transcribed by Nadine JL]

[Nadine’s note: PLEASE WATCH the video. It’s so much better as a vid. ;)))]

“Hi guys, Cristian here, back with another video, and today’s topic is, “How do you write a novel.”

“I suppose a lot of people are asking themselves that question: ‘What do I have to do to write a novel.’ They’re searching for how-to guides and all that kind of stuff. And, well — here’s your how-to guide.

“[Spins around in chair, over to desk.] See that? That’s a computer, basically. And well, let me show you. You go, and you can open up Google Docs; you don’t need any kind of software, you know, to pay — maybe you don’t have money — and you WRITE. Look [sets down recording device, shows his hand punching the keys]: you just PUNCH the DAMN KEYS. And write stuff. That’s it.

“This is the keyboard, and you punch the damn keys. And words appear on your screen. That’s magic, just so you know.

“ What else is there to say. You write and you write and you write, and that’s the number one rule. Write.

“[Switches perspective, points to a screen.] You write words on that screen. You know, sentences, and phrases, and stuff will happen — chapters, and then you are writing a novel.

“If you want to get really fancy then… READ. Read as much as you can. Anything at all. Just read, you know… because you can’t write, unless you read.

“If you work out for a long enough period of time and develop the kind of strength that allows you to do most exercises, but you don’t know how to do certain exercises — I’m talking about if you’ve been bodybuilding and you try to do calisthenics, for the first time… you have the strength, but you don’t know the movement, you know… the movement that is required to do that. We all have the strength to write a novel, but you don’t know how.

“[Fast-forwards through himself talking some more.] There are some rules, granted. But you can break them. You can bend them, you know, to suit your needs. And language, in essence, is incredibly fluid. There’s some people, [where] every time I make a mistake they want to be a grammar nut on me. Language is fluid — if the vast majority of people are making a mistake, you can be damn certain that that’s not going to be a mistake for long. Language evolves constantly. Sooo, that being said, writing a novel has evolved a lot, in terms of the rules that are applied, the kind of language you can use, and how you describe certain scenes, and all that. So try stuff, experiment with points of views and whatnot.

“Truth be told, there’s not much innovation you can bring to the table because most of it has been already written. But it’s your responsibility to write it again. Make more people aware of it.

“So yeah. Punch the damn keys, you know; write the novel you want to write. Don’t worry, don’t try to make it more complicated than it is. Because it’s not worth the trouble. This isn’t worth over-thinking about. It’s your opportunity to create a different reality, and it’s your opportunity to be as creative as you want to be. It’s a blank page, and that scares a lot of people. But truth be told it should make you feel happy. You know? It should make you feel free. You can be anyone you want to be, you can create anything you want to create, and that should overcome the fear of failure, or the fear of having to work hard to get the words right on paper.

“This is another perfect example. This is another great piece of advice — that no one writes a great first draft. So people have got to fail and fail and fail again, and fail better, and *then* you’ll write something worth reading. Because no one writes a masterpiece from the first try. It takes a lot of failure, to write something that is really good.

“That’s it for today’s video guys. If you enjoyed this don’t forget to click on that like button, and do subscribe. I appreciate it. Bye

[End 06m15s]

Nadine here again. :))

Wasn’t that a fun and artistic vid? I love transcribing videos and podcasts like these (see also my Eckhart Tolle transcription) and I actually would like to do this as a part-time job. If you have any leads to decently-paid regular work, please let me know!


xo n

Nadine inhales & exhales words & images from current vantage point in Zone of Emptiness, France. If you wish to contribute and/or show appreciation, please recommend/like and/or comment. Thank you for reading. ❤︎

Edit 2019-08-15: No less than 9 instances of Cristian’s first name corrected from “Christian.” Egads. Sorry, Cristian! Just noticed it now. Still love that vid!





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