"I just looked at the piece of scrap paper I had in front of me," author Ian R. MacLeod says of the epiphany he had while at work for the civil service, "and I thought, 'Well, let's have a go at doing something more interesting that this.'"
November is NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — when hundreds of thousands of aspiring authors challenge themselves with the task of writing a complete novel in one month. For many, this will be their first novel.
Science fiction and fantasy authors James Morrow, Patricia C. Wrede, Ian R. MacLeod, Paul Di Filippo, and Simon R. Green share the fun, challenging, and sometimes frustrating experience of writing their first novels. For those embarking on the road to becoming a writer, take heart in the stories of authors who've made it.
Remember: for Simon R. Green, it took "fifteen years to be an overnight success."