“I’m a writer.”
“Really? I always wanted to write a book.”
“What’s stopping you?”
What stops people from writing their book?
Most don’t know where to begin, perhaps they worry too much about publishing before the first word is on the page or maybe they have so many thoughts, they have no idea what they really want to write. The thing is – just write. Just sit down and start writing.
Stop worrying about selling the book – write.
Don’t worry about the final – write.
I began idealistically thinking that since I write all the time for work writing a book would be easy. I didn’t know it at the time – but boy, was I wrong. Authoring policy and procedure is a world away from writing novels.
My first journey into writing was a story began with a simple, well worn premise: A woman finds her own life after her husband dies. While it could have been a good read, it was all over the place.
I threw everything in the book but a space alien and government conspiracy, I was so excited to be writing I couldn’t shut off the ideas and threw them into the story.
The tale of a woman ‘finding herself’ morphed into finding true love, then I had a stalker involved and, yes, at one point I added a ghost. That’s a lot of crap going on in one book. I cringe when I think that I let people read it.
“But as bad as that was – I wrote. I took the dream of wanting to do something and acted on it.”
That’s my entire point. You don’t need a full story, you don’t need to author the Great American Novel, but you need to begin line-by-line, paragraph-by-paragraph.