Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Let the Challenge Begin

Hello All,
It may have taken sixty years ,
but my novel is finally finished
First and foremost, I want to thank KarenG at Coming Down the Mountain for hosting an awesome barbeque over the holiday weekend. I met a lot of interesting and creative people at that shindig.

The power of the internet never ceases to amaze me.  Less than twenty five years ago my friendships were limited to the geographical area in which I lived.  Communication outside this vicinity occurred via snail mail and the telephone.  Now, here I am, forging friendships with people from around the world by computer link. This speaks to the power of imagination. Some creative genius out there came up with the idea of the internet, and as we all know, it eventually became a reality.

The same results are also possible for authors.  J.K. Rowling imagined Harry Potter and now he is a household name. Stephanie Meyer dreamed up Edward Cullen and voila, he is a heart throb among teenage girls. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the invention of the internet was a cake walk, or writing the aforementioned best sellers happened over night. Quite the contrary. From what I've read, Rowling and Meyer's success resulted from plugging away at a computer until their eyes crossed and their hands cramped. These authors are living proof that hard work pays off.

I'm sure many of you aspiring novelists are thinking, well, those accomplishments are the exception and not the rule.  Maybe this is correct, I don't know the statistics. However, if we never finish our novels then failure is a certainty.  The late, great Thomas Jefferson said it best,  "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today."  This said,  I challenge each of you to blow the dust off your computers and commence to making your dreams a reality. I hope to see some incredible word counts on Sunday. Until then, happy writing.