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Don’t think your book to death; just write it

March 18, 2013

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You don’t have to be clever to write a book. You don’t have to be well-educated or trained in writing to be an author. You don’t have to be the master of planning and organization to start and finish a novel or other long piece of writing.

Writing a book means following your passion. It involves finding the subject you want to write about and spilling words out on paper, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction.

Too many would-be authors get hung up on this idea that writing a book means many months, even years of research and outlining and planning. Sure, it can be that, and if that’s your plan, well … okay. Just remember, you’ll be in for a rather long, tortuous process for the most part.

Much of what we do in life demands planning. There’s no question about it. We don’t want people who run various facets of society making split-second decisions about things that really require serious organization.

You go to a doctor and you want the physician to have some plan of treatment for you. You need a lawyer to fight some legal battle for you, and you hope to hell that attorney has some type of strategy mapped out for you before going into the courtroom.

But step back for a moment. We aren’t talking about medicine or the legal world or other disciplines that really do necessitate that left brain thinking. We’re talking about writing. When you write, you want to get those words down as fast as you can. The organization comes later. The first draft is for establishing the foundation, which can be shaped and molded later.

Think about this. When you spend huge amounts of time planning, organizing, and thinking things through until you are sick and tired of the whole process, what have you really done? Well, If you’re writing a book, it’s a pretty good bet you’ll be ready to give up the project once and for all. And why not? The passion will be gone. And if the passion is gone, why write the damn thing? 

Too much planning, too much thinking is really procrastination. And procrastination and delay may really mean you never wanted to write the book in the first place.

Writing should include passion – tons of it. Don’t derail your writing before you even start stringing words together. Otherwise, you’re in for a struggle. And writing shouldn’t be some epic battle with your yourself. 

Keep it fun folks.

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2 Comments
  1. Thank you for this. I think that was stressing myself so much about writing that I had to put it down for a while.

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