Writing your first novel might actually be fun. I’m serious. I know you’re terrified. It’s a scary thing to do. But, at the risk of sounding like I was raised on a Portland commune, that fear is just energy. In writing your first novel, it really is possible to flip that switch, and allow your fear to become excitement. Because that’s all it is. It’s life force. And it’s necessary to write your first novel.

If you wait for it to go away, you’re missing the point. Use it.

Inquire into the nature of your fear, and I promise you that you will gain insight into the story you’re writing.

Your first novel lives within you. Everything you need to know, you already know. The challenge now, is to get out of your head so that your first novel can emerge.

Good luck! I know you can do it.