The Journey From Irate Reader To Nervous Author

I guess I should explain the subtitle of this blog. In May 2014, I bought an e-book on Amazon which was, erm, less than stellar. It was, in fact, the kind of book that gives self-pubs their bad reputation. About 30 pages into it, I realized it wasn’t getting better, and I was not going to be able to finish it.

I said something to the effect of, “I could write better than this. In fact, I will!” It’s an attitude, by the way, that’s responsible for a lot of the house renovation designs in Coquitlam 🙂 .

So, three months later, I had a novel written. Then I spent four months actually getting it ready for publication. It’s surprising how much of the craft of writing doesn’t actually involve, you know, writing.

Time will tell if I become a popular author, but one thing’s for sure– I’ve got the bug.


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    • Blaihin on March 12, 2015 at 5:20 am
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    Ya… if I remember correctly Mr. Taylor you actually said out loud ” I could do better” and your wife (me) said “then do it!!”
    And you did! I coudn’t be more prouder or excited for you!

    • kennyk on August 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm
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    this simple blog post with two comments is so freaking motivating. Well done.
    I am very curious if you wrote short stories (or anything for that matter) as a hobby before up and writing your first novel…??

    1. Nope. I wrote a novella (30k words) in High School English. Then nothing for {mumble} years. I’ve written one short story so far as a professional writer. It’s actually harder than expected. Short stories aren’t just shorter versions of novels. The pacing is different, and you have to be much more disciplined.

  1. And I’m so glad you did that. So far I’ve got through the Bobiverse books and the Singularity trap.
    I don’t know how you do it, but I always feel like I’m trying to catch up with the characters’ assessment of their situation. I like that. It makes me feel challenged.
    My favorite scifi movie that does that is Primer.

    Write more … and hurry up about it.

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