Every American writer secretly dreams of writing the “Great American Novel.”
What would that look like? It’s a book that captures the zeitgeist, that taps into something intrinsic to our national psyche. The Great American Novel is also something that we can only identify in retrospect.
What I mean is this: it isn’t possible to write the Great American Novel.
It’s only possible to tell your story. The desire to write something so prestigious is a setup for procrastination. When you put your truth on the page, your story has a chance to live.
This is what every working writer knows, and what every wannabe will never get.
Tell your story. Nothing more. The Great American Novel is nothing more than a myth designed to keep your ego from writing the story you were born to write.