I recently had the good fortune to spend almost a full month in one of my favorite places on earth — Japan. My time was filled with sightseeing, visiting friends, the best food in the world (conveyor belt sushi, yakiniku, shabu shabu, ramen, curry, bentos, Mr. Donut), riding the Bullet Train, riding Tokyo subways, visiting Harajuku, Niko, Kyoto, Matsumoto, Akita and tons of other places. It was a refreshing visit and gave me lots of material for future novels.
Which brings me to the topic of this blog post.
I know there are a lot of aspiring novelists out there who are struggling with getting started. I feel your pain. I’ve been wanting to write novels ever since my mid-twenties, and finally got the courage to do it in my mid-forties. That’s twenty years wasted, my friends!! Don’t let that happen to you. The best way to start writing is (drum roll) to JUST WRITE!!!! Don’t wait for inspiration to strike. It’s not going to come until you put your fingers on the keyboard.
So there I was, riding on a crowded subway in Tokyo during rush hour. Fortunately I had a seat. As I gazed around at the people standing and sitting (all staring into their phones), I wondered about what would happen to them if there was an alien attack. (I know, not a very original idea.) What would the thousands (millions?) of people in the subways do? My fingers started itching. Without waiting, I grabbed by iPhone 6 Plus and started writing a note that turned into the first chapter of a brand new novel. And it all started on the Japanese subway.
Look for that novel in a year or so.
Nowadays, you can write anywhere! And if you’re the typical modern human with an email account, you’re already doing a lot of writing. Don’t wait until you have the right laptop or computer. Don’t wait until you have the right Hollywood idea pop into your head. Just start writing! Grab some paper. Grab your phone. As soon as you start putting words down on the page, the magic will begin to happen. Ideas will come. You’ll have the beginnings of a book. And before you know it, you’ll have that book you’ve always wanted to write.
Let me finish this blog post by pointing you here:
Now just do it!!