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If you don’t at least try, you’ll never know if you can write the book

March 20, 2013

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Let’s say you’re jazzed up about being an author and writing your first book. But there’s this little problem. You don’t quite know what you want to write. That’s right. Before you even put those first words down on paper, you’re tying yourself up in knots.

Well … what do you like to read? Mysteries? Science fiction? Biographies? Memoirs? You know, what you enjoy reading might be a good barometer into what you should be writing.

What are some of the books and stories that have moved, inspired or just plain entertained you? Perhaps you spend all your spare time reading romance novels, and you’ve kicked around the idea of writing one too. Why not take the plunge?

You say you don’t know how to get started. My God, if you’ve read dozens upon dozens of romance novels, it’s a pretty safe bet you can write one too. Maybe historical novels are your thing. Maybe you have a passion for cooking or carpentry. We all have interests, things we like to do or read about. Why not take those interests to the next step and write about them?

Of course, I can hear some of you out there saying to yourself, “But I could never write anything as good as Teddy Hilltop. Ol’ Ted’s the expert on Rocky Mountain backpacking.”

Who cares if you don’t measure up? And who is to say you won’t write something just as good as old Teddy boy?

You know, we are all our worst critics, and in way, that’s a good thing, because it pushes us to make ourselves better. Unfortunately, self-criticism can stop us from ever getting started at so many things in life. Fear is a just a horrible thing – if it freezes us and hogties us.

Don’t be afraid to write the book you want to write, the one you are really meant to give birth to. Get yourself in the chair and start furiously pouring out those words on paper. Write fast and from the heart. There’s no better way to find out what you can do until you try.

One thing is for sure, you’ll got nowhere real fast by doing nothing.

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9 Comments
  1. Great advice that more people should follow.

  2. Reblogged this on Legends of Windemere and commented:
    Something all aspiring authors should read.

  3. Thanks for the “push”!

  4. I agree! Awesome post! Great job!

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. If you don’t at least try, you’ll never know if you can write the book | mreuther
  2. Ideas: Poppers, Growers and Oh My Godders! When novels are born. | robsparkeswriting

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