Those of you who regularly read our blog know that I’ve been training for the New York marathon. It’s been a lot like my writing journey. Ups and downs and setbacks and so, so long. But finally on November the 1st I lined up at the start.

Only I guess I actually started a long time before that and the run was a lot more like the finish.

It was hard…. Really hard.

But 6 and a half hours later, I crossed the finish line. Just like a lot of people will cross the finish line for NaNo this month. Like I crossed the line of my page proofs for book #3 to be finished this month.

5 things I learned which relate to writing:

  1. If you put one foot in front of the other you’ll eventually get there. If you keep writing the words add up.
  2. There will be people ready to cheer you on from the sidelines. Writing friends will be there when it seems hard.
  3. Others will expect you to fail. In everything – don’t let them win.
  4. It’s going to hurt. Rejections and setbacks are a part of writing.
  5. It will be worth it.




beck nicholas_ bec sampson


I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.

Find me at my website:

Or on twitter @BeckNicholas


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