I've been contemplating writing a novel for a long time. I don't think I have the patience to see it through and I would only want to write one if it was going to be the next great Canadian novel.
In The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Lord Henry is asked the same question. His answer sums up my feelings on the matter exactly.
"I am too fond of reading books to care to write them, Mr. Erksine. I should like to write a novel certainly, a novel that would be as lovely as a Persian carpet and as unreal." p.31
So true! I hardly have time to read all the books on my ever lengthening list let alone the time to write one!