When I was in the middle of writing The Shroud Conspiracy and its sequel, The Second Coming, I came across a quote by George Orwell that stuck with me.
One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand
With The Shroud Conspiracy being my first attempt at a fiction novel, I could relate. But I could also relate to the fact that as I wrote late into the evenings and gave life to an important character in the story — someone who tragically discovers he has a rare form of cancer — unbeknownst to me as I wrote each night, so too did I. As a result, my journey in writing the books was, as Orwell put it, a bit of an exhausting struggle, one whose outcome became quite uncertain. Fortunately, in my case, there were not demons but rather angels — my family and friends — who lifted me up along the way to get it done.
In the past, I’ve had the joy, and oftentimes frustration, at trying my hand at speech writing, memo writing, letter writing, press release writing, opinion and editorial writing, technical writing, essay writing, short story writing, column writing, feature writing, joke writing, legislative writing, journal writing, and diary writing. It’s with great humility, I now add novel writing to the list.