You're not ready to write that book. [7/52]
“Have an idea for a huge space opera trilogy? You’re not ready to write that novel yet. Start with something small.”
This is one of the best pieces of advice about writing I received when I was first starting out. It came from my friend Lance Schaubert.
He wasn’t talking to me specifically, I think I read it on his blog, and we weren’t friends yet, but it resonated with me.
He was right.
I do have a giant space saga that deals with time travel. And if I would have started my writing career with trying to write that story, with all of the characters and locations and plots and subplots and side plots, I would have never finished it.
Instead, for my first book, I decided to write a small, familiar story, adding my own twist to it, and using the tried and true hero’s journey outline.
By doing this, I made sure there is never more than two people in the scene at the same time (I had a hard enough time trying to figure out how to write dialogue between two people. Trying to balance a group conversation would have been unwieldy).
I also stuck to the outline. The goal of the first book wasn’t to tell a story that would blow everyone’s mind with its originality. The goal was to learn what it get like to write a book.
So, shelf that space saga, pick one of your simpler story ideas, and see if you can turn it into a thirty or forty thousand word story.
Jump. Build, Fly.