Yes, You Can Still Write Your First Novel

In the words of Mike Land, "Have your baby, plant your garden, write your book."

Mignon Fogarty
1-minute read
Episode #753

In this interview, I talked with Bourne Morris about starting a writing career after you've retired. Bourne is the author of four novels including her newest, "A Woman of Two Minds," which describes the fallout after a young woman gets a brain transplant from a powerful older woman and then murders her mother.

We talked about:

  • First novels.
  • Going back to an idea that has been simmering your whole life.
  • Talking to experts to get the science or technology right in your fiction.
  • Getting support through writing classes and writing groups.
  • Why you should write a terrible first draft.
  • How to find an agent.

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the player above or by finding the Grammar Girl podcast on any podcasting app, but if you prefer to read it, we also have a complete (rough) transcript.

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.