How did I know I could write?

I know that I am pretty good with words, but until now, I had not written more than eight pages in my entire life, including in college.  On one hand, being in marketing, most of my copy has been intentionally concise and straightforward.  Honestly, the idea of writing a short story, let alone a novel seemed so HARD!

When I started the novel I’m working on now, I was just hoping to complete an interesting story consisting of around ten thousand words, which I did.  Then, a series of “what if” scenarios began to hit me.  Suddenly, writing actually seemed enjoyable rather than the chore I had always considered it to be.  That’s when I knew that I could not only start a novel, but finish it.

Since then, I’ve learned just how much work happens AFTER you finish your first draft, which happened after I completed about fifteen re-writes of several chapters.  Now, I am in the process of working with an editor on further refinements.

At any rate, until writing became as enjoyable as reading, I still wasn’t sure I could finish a work consisting of more than forty or fifty thousand words.  Sitting here at just about sixty thousand words, I am excited for the next sixty thousand.