Last year in October I decided that I wanted to try something to boost my creative writing output dramatically. I had heard about the NanoWrimo competition that challenged people to write 50,000 words in the month of November and thought I would give it a try. I signed up and the last week of October I spent very minimal time thinking about the plot of my hopeful novel.
Life got in the way, as it sometimes does and I started the month of November far behind. Though after pushing myself to catch up I finished my 52,000 word novel on the 30th of the month. I enjoyed the novel so much that it is currently with a professional editor to prep it for publishing. The satisfaction that it gave me to complete an entire novel in 30 days was incredible.
A few years ago I started my first novel. I would spend hours completing an outline that would work and stacking all of the details and by the time I was ready to actually write I was nearly burnt out on the idea. Not to mention the outline seemed to need updated after every chapter.
The point of those two stories is that it needs to be clear that there is no set way to write and to be an author. Some authors spend hours researching before they type a single word while others are publishing a book every 2 months. Everyone has a different perspective on the right way to do it. One thing that is always very clear though is that in order to be successful as a writer… you must write.
Now is the time. For all of you that are reading this and want to be a writer… I am waiting to read what you have created. Award winning author Khaled Hosseini takes a few moments of his day to talk to us about the process that is comfortable for him to write.