I can’t believe that I’m 1 day away from my debut novel, THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, being on shelves in libraries and bookstores around the world!
And that means that for #18DaystoMGDebut, I’m revealing the writing advice that helped me the most, which, funnily enough, is to BELIEVE.
THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST was the third novel I wrote, and it taught me a lot. But it also scared me—a LOT. I could picture the journey in my head, the way the language flowed, the emotions of the story, but getting them on paper like I could see them in my head was another story.
There were many times that I thought I would never be able to make the book work the way I truly wanted it to. There were many times I thought about giving up.
But my friend, author Bethany Hegedus, told me I could do it. She told me to believe.
It’s not always easy for me to believe in myself when times are tough, but to help, I made this picture and keep it close while I’m writing.
I might not get a story right the first time, or the second, or the third, or even the fiftieth time, but if I believe in my words, my story and myself, I will keep going… and if I keep going, I will eventually find the way.
I believed in myself while I revised THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, and after many, many revisions and much polishing, the book is coming out TOMORROW!!
Personalized copies of THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST are available through my fantastic local independent bookstore, BookPeople. The novel is also available for pre-order on IndieBound, Powell’s, Book Depository, Books-A-Million, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Walmart, as well as numerous other independent bookstores.