“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E. L. Doctorow
Doctorow’s comment describes equally well our ride through life. We don’t know what’s coming around the next curve in the road.
I got the degree in English & Creative Writing, but didn’t finish a novel until I was 52, didn’t find a publisher until 55.
From college to a first novel was a loopy, circuitous route with lots of day jobs, from building houses to owning a bookstore…that living stuff that lays the predicate, as it were, for our stories and our books.
Now there are more than a dozen books with my name on the spine. And pieces I’ve written for Garden & Gun magazine, and others…