I know.

You’ve had this great young adults fiction story in your head for years, but:

a) you don’t think you can write a YA book
b) you don’t know where to start
c) every time you try and write anything, nothing comes out

Guess what – you’re in league with everyone who’s ever written an adventure book. Yep, even J. K. Rowling, James Patterson, Stephen King, and even Jeff Kinney. I’ll bet my last dollar that each one of them nurtured the same thoughts for years before the finally sat down and cranked out their first book.

And it was probably horrible.

That’s where self editing, writer critique groups, professional editors, and casual readers come into play. A first draft is a first draft, it’s supposed to be terrible. It’s where you let the story fall from your mind through your fingers onto the page, or the keyboard, or into the digital recorder.

Let me ask you something. If you know you’re going to self edit what you wrote yesterday before you continue with the story, doesn’t that give you permission to write ANYTHING that comes to your mind? Answer – YES. Because you’ll always have the option of changing it the next day.

So let’s review:

a) you don’t think you can write a fantasy fiction book – horse dump – anyone can write a book, as long as you do one page at a time. One page a day, think about it, anyone can write one page a day.

b) you don’t know where to start – hmmm – what everyone has always said is true. Sit down and start writing. You’ll be amazed by what happens. And be careful. Once you start down this path, your mind will forever be thinking about your story. Your characters might even start telling you what they want to do and where they want the story to go. It’s an adventure I recommend highly.

c) every time you try and write anything, nothing comes out – You’re not going to be Shakespeare every day, get over it. Some days the words will fall like living snowflakes, and you won’t believe the story is coming from you. On other days words are like impacted wisdom teeth, they won’t come out no matter what you do, and that’s okay. Write what you can, edit it the next day, and keep going.

Have at it. Write a page a day. Guess what? In a year you might have the makings of one of the best new fantasy novels around.


Kevin Gerard