First of all I always loved to write and won a couple of short story competitions as a teen, but then I dropped it all for college and work.
I started hacking at my novel again, removing parts that dragged, rewriting good ones to make them better, explaining what was obscure.
In the spring of 2015 I finished the fourth book and I started blogging about my writing experience. Things went nuts. In three months I gained 3,000 followers on twitter (now close to 7,000), 1,600 on tumblr (now over 3,000) and hundreds of daily visits to my main blog (now about 6,000 per week).
Finally I felt like the book was REALLY DONE, even though my friends did not believe me.
Also, at the beginning of July 2015 I found the perfect artist to illustrate my covers! At the end of August 2015 the audiobook was complete and edited and the cover was done!
In September 2015 I got the first proof of the paperback. There is nothing like the fear of seeing that little cardboard box and knowing that it contains the first specimen of your hard work, years of tears, sweat, blood, defeat and…
As long as you need.
If you are a writer, you’re not going to give up no matter what. Book one took me 5 years from inception to completion, but book 2, 3 and 4 took much less (some longer than other). My word of advice to you is to to keep writing. Very few people in the world can just sit at a piano and play, or pick up a brush and paint. Writing is no different. Just keep writing.
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