The most important thing to do as a writer is to WRITE! Now I capitalized and put that word in bold for a very important reason. A writer is not a writer until he or she writes. Okay, so this sounds like a bit of a no brainer, right? To be a writer, you obviously have to write. You’re probably think I’m not really telling you anything new. And I’m not. Not really. But I am going to tell you why I’ve dedicated a whole post to this topic.
The answer is simple. So many people talk about how they love writing and want to be a writer, but very few of these people actually write. They just imagine what it would be like to publish a novel, become instantly famous, be able to quit their day job, and become incredibly happy. The problem with many of these people is that they don’t take the first step which is sitting down at their computer or with a pen/pencil and paper and actually write something.
Now I’m going to tell you that I often have a hard time writing. And the reason this happens is because writing is hard. Not so much the actually writing, per se, but the actually sitting down and doing it. That is the problem. We make excuses about not having the time or having writer’s block. We might even worry that whatever we write down will be horrible. But you will never know until you write it.
My friend and I were talking the other day about our current projects. She has this amazing three book series planned out, and I’m working on editing my NaNoWriMo novel and writing a second one. We talked about things we were stuck with and just the general dread of actually doing it (for me, I have no desire to go back and edit because I know that story has SO many problems it’s not funny). I told her that we needed to take action because if we didn’t, we would never get to the editing stage or the publishing stage or actually see our novels sitting proudly on a bookstore shelf.
I have been all about taking action lately, and you should too. This very action I’m talking about is what resulted in my revamping Scribbling Bookworm. This action is what is going to make me start editing my novel and will have me writing my other one.
Now that I’ve said all this, this is what I want you to do. Take 10 minutes at least and just write. Write about anything. It could be about your day, it could be for an existing project, or a completely new project. All I’m asking is that you spend at least 10 minutes a day writing. You will feel so much better once you do this. You will write, and you will be a writer. I know you can do it! I have every confidence in you! This is what I’m hear for, to be your cheerleader. The only thing I ask in return (okay, two things) is that you write and you cheer me on too. Together we will write, and we will be fulfilled.
Until next time, happy writing!