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I have, a legal thriller. I've had the plot in my head for years, spent a lot of time thinking about characters, but I just can't do it. Made different outlines, discussed it with friends of a literary bent (who agree it's a great plot), started it a dozen times, it just goes nowhere. I know how the book begins and how it ends, but filling the pages in between with stuff that people would actually be interested in reading is beyond me.I was an English major in college, wrote a short story in creative writing that floored everyone, but it looks like that one story is all I've got (okay, maybe I've got two or three good stories in me).I am in awe of anyone who could write even a third-rate novel, if I could write even a third-rate novel it would be the highlight of my life. I can't begin to comprehend writing a first-rate novel, the talent those people have is mind-staggering.Writing something that people will PAY TO READ is a tremendous accomplishment. I figure when I retire (hopefully young), I will devote all my time for 15 years to writing a novel that, in my wildest hopes, will be considered mediocre, and if I can accomplish that I'll be the happiest of men.
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