There are millions of people around the world who set the same goal every year — they want to write a book. However, only a few do something about it. And, those of us who have writing experience know that getting started isn’t the hardest thing. It’s much harder to keep writing and not to lose momentum after the first few pages.
Those who don’t start have plenty of reasons. Maybe they think they are not skilled enough or simply don’t have a good idea. The truth is, these are excuses that keep us from putting pen to paper.
Listen to yourself. No matter what you want to write: a novel, a motivational book about personal growth, or a business book — you can do it. Moreover, you might not need as much time as you think. Everybody can write, or learn to write, and you are no exception. If you want to become a writer, start writing.
Listen to your inner voice. Writing is introspective by nature, and nobody but you can decide what story you want to tell. What matters to you? What do you want to share with the world?
Do you really have talent? To find the right answer to this question, we need to define what talent is, and who is capable of deciding whether or not you have it. Many writers think there is no such thing as talent. They believe writing is a skill, therefore, writers can train and improve. Some writers think the secret of successful writing is a combination of skills and talent. But, the vast majority would agree that skills determine the quality of the final result. Nobody is born as a skilled writer. The most well-known authors became skilled because they’ve worked hard to improve their writing. You can too.
Excuses that Keep You from Writing a Book
1. I don’t have enough time.
It’s the most popular reason, but it is simply not true. All writers have other things to do with their time. Try cutting out social media time and spend it writing. Even if you write 130 words a day, the length of a paragraph, you’ll have a 50,000-word novel at the end of the year.
2. I have no idea where to start.
Try starting with an outline. Jot down the main story points and characters. Inspiration will come when you immerse yourself in the creative process.
3. It’s hard.
Everything is difficult at first, but a little bit of practice works wonders. Your first attempt may not be a bestseller, but if you make writing your habit, you’ll improve.
It’s easy to find reasons not to make your dream of writing real. But, if you really want to achieve your goal of writing a book, stop looking for excuses and start listening to yourself. There are beautiful words in your soul. Put them on paper!