Writing is easy. You just sit by your computer and write. Right?
A few months ago a friend came for a visit. I was in middle of writing a novelette and didn't want to lose my thoughts on a crucial dialog, so I told her to make herself comfortable and give me a few minutes to finish it.
"Sure, no problem, "she said. "I'll make coffee and I have a few calls to make, anyway. Take your time."
She sat on the couch and by the time I finished about two pages, she took care of a few calls.
"Let me see what you wrote," she came over to my desk and looked at my screen.
I opened the document and told her, "I only have about ten pages written but if you want to read it, here it is."
She sat down, read the pages and she said, "It sounds great! You know, I should write a book too. I have a gazillion ideas and writing can't be that hard. How does it feel when your book is finished and published?"
"Writing a book is one of the most challenging and rewarding things I've ever done. When I hold the finished book... it's like..."
"That's it then! I'm going to write one and you will help me publish it."
Knowing her flighty nature, starting ten projects at the same time and never finish any, I said, "Well, anyone can write a book but I have to tell you that it takes serious determination, patience, and hard work to actually finish it."
"So how do you start writing a book?"
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Erika M Szabo
I write magical realism, alternate history, epic fantasy novels as well as fun, educational and bilingual books for children ages 2-14
We blog and have fun together at #OurAuthorGang
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Magical realism trilogy
Suspense, suitable for young adults
Fantasy adventure for children 8-14
Illustrated storybooks for children 4-12
Picture books for children 2-6
Health related books