Everywhere I go people tell me they've always wanted to write a book. Some of them have never gotten past the romantic notion much of the world has about writing. Others have a pretty solid idea on which to build. But it’s just that; an idea they’ve never pursued. Then there are a few others who have actually played around with the idea; pursued a decent plotline, created a few key players, perhaps even come up with an unsolved crime or love triangle. But all they have to show for sometimes years and years of thinking about their book are a few pages of hastily scrawled notes.
My goal for this blog is to offer some of the tools and encouragement that will get you from just thinking about what a fantastic book you have inside you to actually putting pen to paper…or fingers to keyboard if you will.
You’re not getting any younger. Neither am I. Neither is the publisher you dream of hosting your book tour after your appearace on Good Morning America.
My challenge for you today is don’t wait. Stop putting it off. Write something today. Even if you don’t know where your idea will take you, or even if it’s an idea worthy of a book. Don’t worry about that right now. I want you to prove to yourself you can write. Something. Anything.
Write a snippet of dialog. Write that killer beginning you’ve got mapped out in your head. Write the love scene. Or the moment your hero realizes the identity of the killer. Comment to this blog post if you can't think of anything else. Just write something to get those creative juices flowing.
I’ll never know everything there is to know about writing a book. But I know a little. My fifth novel, Evidence of Grace, released nationwide at #18 according to Christian Retailing magazine.
More importantly, I’ve learned a lot about the business of writing since I signed my first contract in 2001. I hope to impart some of that wisdom to you and make your journey from idea to published novel a little easier.
Get ready. Get set…