by Jorn Lier Horst, Norway
There are many paths up to book publication. As many as there are writers. Exposure to literature, popularly called "reading" - and reading a lot - is probably the most useful one can do. Secondly, there are numerous books on the topic. Should I recommend one book, it must be Stephen King's memoir "On writing". It is easy to think of Stephen King in connection with bad video movies and pulp fiction. You can say what you want about The King of Horror, but there is little doubt that he is good at telling stories.
|First edition cover|
I remember the night I was starting to write on what later became my first novel. It was late autumn of 2001 and I was home in bed, finishing a Norwegian crime novel. I did`t like what I was reading. I threw the book against the wall and told my wife that I could do better myself. She told me I should go ahead in that case. Half an hour later I got up and made a start.
I was writing for two years before I finished a first draft. While I wrote, I learned that the big publishers in Norway received around 1000 debutant scripts every year, and of those there were maybe 10-12 that got through. But I completed my work and submitted the manuscript. After three weeks I received a call from the publisher that told me that they would publish the book.
|On the Norwegian morning televison show with my first novel|
I often think that writing a novel is about putting a goal and work hard to achieve it. It requires dedication and discipline. But first and foremost it's about 'the start'. I always have a plan before I start. I know what the story will be about and sets up an index related overview of what is going to happen until the solution. But again, there are as many ways to do it as it is writers.