Have you ever heard that? Do you have such an interesting life, or a story inside begging to get out?
Maybe you’re keeping an early draft hidden behind several password protected portals in your laptop.
I’m not gonna lie. Writing is not easy. But it can be so rewarding, and cathartic. To create, to imagine, to share. And if your passion is bubbling up, maybe it’s time to dispel whatever’s stopping you.
There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.
Before you break out into a total flop sweat, let’s explore the Top 5 Reasons people give for not writing. See if you recognize yourself. And take a deep breath.
1. Not enough time. Oh, please. These days it’s not like working on that antique machine…yes, kids, that is a typewriter. The keys jammed, the ribbons tore, and when you made a mistake, you had to start all over, or use messy white out.
You can write a line or two on your smartphone while waiting for your Starbucks. Our grandparent’s generation had to hunt and peck, re-type and used reams of paper, and yet they wrote VOLUMES. (If you bang out 5 lines a day for a year, you will have about 20,000 words.) Not buying this one.
2. I don’t know where to start. This is actually a pretty tough question even for multi-published authors. Epilogue or no, the day you were born, or two years later. Middle of the action, or build up to the character. My advice? Read some compelling memoirs and see how they start. One of my favorites is The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells. OR just begin wherever you feel comfortable. Then go back and cut, paste, delete. (They’re talking about making Glass Castle into a movie, maybe yours is the next blockbuster but you have to write it first!) Just begin!
3. My life/story is not that interesting/unusual/compelling. That’s probably quite true. There’s a saying among us writer-types that all stories have already been told. But it’s the way you say it, how you tell it, that makes it unique. OR, it’s written for a unique audience. Maybe you should write just so your grandchildren will know more about you. Or to get it off your chest!
4. I’m not a good writer. So learn. You weren’t a very good driver/cook/walker when you started. But with practice, we get better. (Let’s hope) The internet and bookstores are full of helpful information. I wrote a couple of posts a few months ago with great links to help launch you; Part One and Part Two explore everything from what you can read for inspiration, to websites where you can get encouragement and advice.
And you can always ask me. Bev loves to talk writing.
5. _____________. How can I argue with that? LOL Seriously, you might have plenty of excuses, even one I’ve never heard.
But when you are tired of making excuses, feel the urge, know you are not alone.
Most of us have harbored a secret desire to write the Great American Novel, our memoirs, or a short story. Do it.
We’re all friends here, and this is a safe place to pull up a chair and start banging away at the keyboard.
I’d love to hear about your writing desire, and encourage and inspire you.