Many authors can call Salt Lake Comic Con their home for a weekend, but how many of them get their first book published with a movie already in development not even a full year later?
Zachry Wheeler is that author. Sitting in his booth telling attendees about his two books Transient and Max and the Multiverse, Wheeler has had a wild year to look back on.
Wheeler’s book Transient was a 10 year work in progress, culminating in a November 2016 publishing date.
“It was awful, absolutely terrible [working towards the final draft],” Wheeler said. “When I first wrote it, I didn’t know what good writing was. I used every crutch and cliche in the book. But I mean, that’s what you do when you have no idea what you’re doing.”
Obviously, all of his work has paid off. Not only was his book picked up for a movie, it is already in development with Voltage Pictures, which has brought films such as The Hurt Locker and Dallas Buyers Club to audiences across the world.
But, that doesn’t mean it was easy for someone who describes himself as only “competent” with his own writing. Wheeler said he started off with an idea that he put down, but that to truly ever finish, it takes a lot of effort to get to the finish line.
“It’s just like any craft: how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice,” Wheeler said.
Some writers get stuck trying to create nonstop, and Wheeler said the only way to get around that is to “have a variety of writing outlets.”
“The single greatest piece of advice I can give as far as writer’s block is to get it out of your head that there’s such a thing,” Wheeler said. “If you are stuck on something, write something else. I wasn’t always focused on any particular novel, if I get stuck I’ll go write a blog post on anything, I’ll go write an article, I’ll go write something else.”
Creating is only half the battle, though. Once your book is out there, and your story is ready to be told, the next part is to get it into people’s hands, and Wheeler had a good weekend of sharing his book with readers.
“I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the size and cordialness of it [SLCC] … it’s just a really good sense of camaraderie here,” Wheeler said. “If they allow me to renew I’ll definitely be back next year.”
To find Wheeler’s books and get updates on the future Transient movie, visit his website.