The idea of sitting down to write anything from a 50,000-100,000 word novel is pretty daunting. The former consumes at least half a box of paper, the latter will eat up the entire 500 sheets.
Add in revisions, synopses and query letters… that’s a whole lot of dead trees and empty pages to fill.
Even more challenging than completing the physical pages is the emotional energy expended creating a book. As Red Smith said: There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.
This summer I visited Platform 9 3/4, the shop containing all things Harry Potter at King’s Cross Station. In amongst the wands and Gryffindor scarves, I noticed something that – to me – was truly magical. A poster containing the full text of of JK Rowling‘s Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.
It so captivated me that I went back to the shop three times to look at it before finally buying it. A poster, no matter how small the text, couldn’t contain the WHOLE text – 76,944 words – could it?
Well.. yes it could.
I might not be able to write a book as amazing as Harry Potter – and the idea of facing 500 empty pages may be very intimidating – but I CAN write a poster.
And so can you!