So I’m basically “outing" myself by replying, but I am the one who wrote the article you just…


I appreciated your question, and the response, and thought telling you my experience might be helpful.

I initially wrote as a way to promote my health and fitness business. My 500 word column appeared in three Gannett papers, and it helped me develop the discipline of working on deadline, and following that gem from Strunk & White, “Eliminate needless words.” See if you can set yourself up with an accountable outlet, even if it is “just” the PTA newsletter, or a local tourism blog or something.

The idea for my juvenile fiction series came in a BOOM! of inspiration; but, aside from a little research dabbling, I didn’t touch it for over a year.

After working hard on a congressional campaign, I treated myself to a break, rented a great little A-frame in the Endless Mountains of PA, and cranked out a pretty decent first draft in a week!

That was my first novel, now published by Chelsea Green. I assumed I could repeat this process.


I simple couldn’t get book two moving. There were great scenes I had in my head, but I couldn’t get myself to that point in the story.

I finally said, “Screw it.” I gave up on the notion I had some set-in-place process. I wrote the scenes I could see.

The lay before me like stepping stones. I was the able to write myself from one to the next.

Be sure to grab all your ideas. Get busy on the one that most captures you heart at this time. Test drive some different processes (Every morning before breakfast? One big full day a week?) You’ll find what works. Especially if you are in love with the idea.