How I finally finished my first book!

Colum Ferry
5 min readJan 9, 2023
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

I’ve been writing creatively ever since I was 10 years old, shortly after I fell in love with reading. My go-to books at the time were, and still are, fantasy fiction novels. I love getting lost in imaginary worlds, caught up in the magic and the story.

It was around this time that I even tried to write my first book! It was essentially a rip-off of James Bond, the operator’s number was of course 014, and while younger me did in fact complete this book, it couldn’t have been any longer than 25 pages. There was no real rhyme or reason to it, no character development, no actual storyline. All action, that’s all younger me thought of.

That said, it still marked the beginning of my creative writing journey and my adventures in my own imagination. Over the next 15 years, I tried to write more and more books, each one landing in the ever-growing failure pile. I struggled to make it halfway through any of them!

That was, until December 2022, when I finally finished my first real fantasy fiction novella, The Blackstone Legacy.

Cover of The Blackstone Legacy by Colum Ferry

How I did it!

After struggling to complete books, I started looking around, researching other authors' methods for how they managed to not only publish their books but how they could publish books in what seemed like quick succession.

You see, around 5 years ago now, I came up with an idea for a trilogy of books. This idea, to me, is incredible. But I want to make sure I do it, and do it right, do it justice. I don’t want to get a quarter of the way through and just give up on it. No, I want to finish it. To tell the story. To tell it well.

I was, and I am still, extremely excited about this series of books. But I kept pushing off starting it. During this elongated period of procrastination, I had another idea, for a standalone book, that was entirely inspired by the geography around my local vicinity.

And there was part of the answer for me. I had a practice book. Something I could use to prove to myself that I can do this. This idea came to me around a year ago. I did a bit more research on…

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Colum Ferry

Software Engineer @nrwl . Co-Founder of GrammarGuru. JavaScript Enthusiast. Married with 2 amazing kids. Powered by Coffee. Opinions my own.