If you’re not at least a little scared writing your first novel, you’re probably nuts. Every writing project involves surrendering what we thought we knew. It’s a humbling process.

The thing about writing our first novel is that we don’t know much. We haven’t walked this path before. Neither had Norman Mailer when he wrote The Naked and the Dead, or Harper Lee when she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.

There is something very powerful about not knowing. When you don’t know, you are not privy to conventional wisdom. That’s a good thing.

“Conventional Wisdom” will tell you that writing your first novel is nearly impossible, and it will give you a hundred reasons why you ought not to try.

But there is something more powerful. The desire to write is the desire to evolve. Evolution trumps “conventional wisdom” every time.

Go ahead. Write your first novel. Ignore the brilliant naysayers. They’ve been wrong before.

Write your first novel. The time is now.