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!



Colum Ferry

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