It seems like there are a million and one things to read about writing. It’s overwhelming to see all the books published on the topic. Add to that all the websites and blogs that make it their main focus and it’s not hard to see why some people are afraid to even try.
I know that when I first had the desire to write I sought more information on how to go about it. I read books, magazines, articles and then I worried. After all, I had graduated from university with a degree in English. I had critically looked at writing for years. I tore apart works of literature and analysed every last little piece of them. I was amazed at the symbolism and brilliance of these writers and I admired them so. How could I, for one moment, think that I was ready to write?
I couldn’t. I didn’t think I was ready to write. Not at all. So I didn’t.
I read more and more stuff about writing. I went to a few festivals and tried to act like a writer but the only thing I had ever written were some poems and songs. I still hadn’t written that novel that was bursting in me to be told. I had a good idea; I just couldn’t get started on it. Too many things were holding me back.
It actually took me years to feel that I was in the position to start writing. I know this might sound strange but I think I needed that time. I needed to feel like I could write before I started. But I want to let everyone know that this way of thinking holds too many people back. If you wait until you are ready, you may never actually do it.
So stop the excuses. Don’t say I’m not ready.
Think of an idea this weekend. Think of something that interests you. Think of a character or a situation. On Monday, I will share with the story of how I started my first serious writing project, and then I will post up my recipe for great writing. I hope these posts help.