Most writers start off by writing small. I started writing songs, then poems, which in retrospect were the same thing for me, because I don’t play any instruments; the only difference is that I sang some, but not others.
I wrote in a diary until my mother found it and started throwing things in my face about it, like I was the one that was wrong for feeling those things, instead of her for invading my privacy.
Once in high school, I started writing essays and book reports.
Then in college, short stories and articles, because of my major and minor.
After graduation, I started writing a book. I wasted about a year on it before I decided that that’s not what I wanted to write about. That’s when I started writing The Rotunda. I finished that volume and am now trying to work on part two.
If you’re a writer, you’ll eventually want to write a book, because for us it’s never enough and a book is as long as you can get.
I’ve been writing for pleasure for about 15 years. I started my first book about 5 years ago and I still feel like I have so much to learn, but I also learned so much writing it.
If you’ve been writing for as long as I have or longer and you still haven’t started a debut novel, I encourage you to do it. Even if it’s not your intention to publish that volume, it’s great practice for improving our writing skills and that’s all we ever want as writers, isn’t it? However, if you do intend to publish it, all I have to say is that patience is a virtue.