As I continue my journey toward writing my first novel for adults, I sometimes wonder if it is too late in my writing career to add a new genre, if I should just stick with non-fiction, if I should focus more on children’s fiction now that I’ve written one book for middle grades, if my idea is too ambitious for my skill level, if I should “save some in the can” and not give this one my all, if if if…

Then, I read a book like The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, David Wroblewski‘s first novel, and I am silenced (pun intended, for those of you who have read the book). I am still not finished. I am just where—hmmm, how do I put this without a spoiler?—Edgar and Henry are bonding, but I am stunned by how much I am enjoying it, how cleanly beautiful the descriptions are, and how ambitious the idea is, especially for a first novel. Once I finish the book, I’m eager to share more thoughts here.

Or I read about 82-year-old Myrrha Stanford-Smith, whose first novel is part of a trilogy book deal:

“The adventure reignites, in fictional form, the rivalry between William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. The Great Lie sees 16-year-old Nick, the son of the late first Earl of Rokesby, run away with a troupe of travelling players who take him to London – where he soon comes to Marlowe’s attention…” Read More

Are you still writing your first novel? You are not too late, and you are not too ambitious. Don”t hold back for anything.