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If I Can Do It, You Can Do It

So…I wrote a book. It’s a twisty mystery - The Suicide Of Sophie Rae - a detective novel with a hint of the paranormal. I’m pretty proud of the accomplishment. It only took forever! But seriously…

When I tell people I wrote a book they say, “Congratulations!” which is usually followed by, “I wish I could write a book.” My answer is always, “You can! You just have to do it.” When they ask how long it took to write the 232 page novel, I usually say, “About a year.” But I don’t think that’s the truth.

It really did seem to take forever. The idea lived in my head for quite a while. The thing is, I was one of those people who didn’t think I could write a book either. I mean, how in the world do you even? In my case, I had an idea; a great idea…for a movie. So I bought myself a few instructional books on how to write a screenplay. Yes, I thought it would be that easy (silly girl). 

Naiveté aside,  I sat to write my first amazing screenplay which would certainly be lauded and fought over by Hollywood’s elite and, eventually, turned into America’s next big block-buster movie. The only problem, there was no way on God’s green earth I could write a screenplay worth reading. It was way too hard for me to condense all those unique characters, rich settings and misguided actions into short crisp snippets. I am an artist after all, and my mind’s vision is vivid, not concise. So….I wrote my screenplay longhand, which, in essence, turned into a book!

Here is the best part! Once I decided to do it, really do it, I set a schedule for myself. I was fortunate enough to be able to sit for sometimes eight or more hours a day and just write. I wrote and wrote until my brain would get tired and then I would rest until the next day, when I was refreshed and ready to tackle another chapter, plugging in my headphones, tuned in to a YouTube channel of Harry Potter library sounds, playing on loop. It was just enough white noise to block out the outside world but not enough to distract me from the plot. When all was said and done, a first draft emerged, which was rewritten and rewritten until everything was polished just right. Just enough to turn into a story to be proud of, as far as first novels go!

The moral…if I can do it, you can do it. You just have to do it! If one can be disciplined, I believe two novels a year is not an impossible goal. I am currently typing away on book two. Woot woot!

As far as that block-buster movie? Call me, Hollywood! I’m available, and so is The Suicide of Sophie Rae!”

The Suicide of Sophie Rae ©cheriefruehan

The Suicide of Sophie Rae ©cheriefruehan