Like many people, Niall Leonard had been “loudly promising a novel for a very long time.” As a professional TV writer, something else always seemed to come up, or he’d decide his idea for a novel had narrative problems. After watching his wife, E.L. James (yes, that E.L. James), write a novel, he gave NaNoWriMo a whirl in 2011.
Forget about those narrative problems. Last November, he finished the first draft of his novel, Crusher, which has just been published by Random House.
Read on as Niall tells us about writing screenplays vs. novels, outlining stories as shopping lists, and writing for yourself.
Since you were already a successful TV screenwriter, why did you decide to do NaNoWriMo to develop your first novel, Crusher?