I’ve been getting some questions lately, and several of them are entire-post worthy. Today, I’m starting with a rather simple one for those of us who have already jumped into the writing world, but mind-boggling for writers who struggle to get started.
The question: How do you actually fit writing into such a fun, complicated, exciting, busy, sometimes stressful, already jam-packed life of parenting, taxes and oreo-eating?
Answer? I just do!
Most writers did not graduate high school or college and instantly become novelists. (Yes, there are some who do. I don’t know any.)
Writers I know have other jobs, are parents, and have avoided writing in one way or another because they are waiting for the perfect time to simply start writing.
Don’t wait! Get started. If you’re called to write, meant to write, dream to write there is no time like right now to get started.
Start small. Start with a simple notebook.
Brainstorm the ideas that are ping-ponging around inside your head. Write them down.
I know other writers will tell you to set a goal of 1000 words per day. It’s a great average to shoot for. But I’m going to tell you, DON’T LISTEN TO THOSE OTHER PEOPLE. You write when you can write. A few hours each Saturday. One hour each night after the kids go to bed. Thirty minutes each morning or every other morning.
I don’t care when you write or how much you accomplish each individual sitting. Anyone who thinks they have a burning desire to write should listen to that desire/calling and get started.
Waiting for the perfect time, doesn’t work. I’ve had so many friends tell me that they were waiting to have a baby—waiting for that next job promotion or the time to switch jobs. Waiting until they can afford the bigger house. Waiting until they lose ten more pounds. Waiting until the perfect time. Although there are people who should wait for one reason or another, most of the time? All those reasons to wait are just excuses. FEAR! There is no perfect time to reach for your dream.
There are a million-and-one reasons to never pick up that pen. To never open a new Word document and start typing. There are a million-and-one reasons to flee, run, sprint from the publishing industry. The odds are definitely stacked against us. But the odds are further stacked against you if you don’t get started.
What is the Powerball slogan? You can’t win if you don’t play?
Or Nike? Just Do It.
Should I go on? Probably not.
Because I know it’s easy for me to say this than for you to take the advice and get started, I want to know… What’s the most common reason people procrastinate starting their novel? What are you waiting for?
And if you are already writing? Did it take you long from the moment you decided to write to actually start writing? Did you ever get tripped up and take a break?