I’ve read many books about the craft of writing. There is a lot of great information out there about every type and form of writing and story telling. There’s also a lot of misinformation and some confusing stuff (mostly about publishing).
What I intend to do with this little series is break stuff down to the very basics and give you nothing but the truth, as told from people who are smarter than me, a.k.a. published authors of all types. I’m going to be using 70 Solutions To Common Writing Mistakes by Bob Mayer, as a guide but I’ll also be drawing advice from Orson Scott Card, Stephen King and Chuck Wendig, to name a few. Because if I’ve learned one thing from all my reading, is that most of the advice you hear is the same, no matter who’s giving it. Same information, different way of saying it.
And to start we’re going to begin where Mayer begins: Not Starting. “If you don’t start you can never finish.” (Mayer, 10) I can think of dozens of people I know who have said, “I’ve always wanted to write a book” but none of them ever do.
I can’t remember where I heard this bit, but the theory goes something like this. 100 people want to write a book, only 50 do. Of those 50, only 25 finish. And so on and so forth, until something like 1% of people who say they want to write a book actually get published.*
But let’s start with the first part. 100 people want to write a book, but only 50 actually start writing. Who do you want to be? The 50 people wishing or the 50 people writing. If you’re reading this blog, I’m going to assume you want to be actively writing.
The first thing you have to do is to start writing, right now. This minute, or you know, in a few, once you’re done reading this post. 😉 Don’t wait to start writing your book. There is no “perfect time”, there is no “moment of inspiration”. If you have an idea, write it down. If you wait you will forget it and it’s best to cook while the fire is hot.
So many people get stuck (even me) in their day to day lives and they’re waiting for the right time to start writing. They think their schedule will magically clear up or that life will slow down just for them so they can sit down with a nice cup of tea and write a book in an afternoon. That’s not how this works.
Writing is a process, and no matter what you write, that process takes time. Nobody has time, you have to make time.
How does one make time? Time is all wibbly and wobbly and stuff. Well, since most of us don’t have a TARDIS at our disposal, we have to do it the old fashion way and rearrange our lives so that writing is possible. Get up early, stay up late, stop watching the Kardashians, spend less time playing Candy Crush, stuff like that.
If you want to write, start writing now. Doesn’t matter where in your story or project you start, just get words out of your head and down onto paper.
NOW, go now, do it. This post is finished. GO WRITE SOMETHING!
Thanks, as always, for reading! Leave a comment, tell me how you make time to write.
*In no way is this scientifically accurate