So, you want to write a book. You didn’t major in Literature, never took an English course and you want to know if you can still write? “Why are you asking me?” I think as my gnarly, grizzled old self snarls. Who wants to write the book? You! Then you have the answer.
And you want my advice? Okay then, here is it: “Take your pen in hand and write.”
You want to tell a story? Make sure it is something you are interested in telling. Keep in mind there is always a market for good writing. And if you can keep this in mind at the same time, without driving yourself crazy - you can’t please everyone. Trends will come and trends will go. But if you care about your story, your message and your presentation that will make your readers care.
Don’t tell me “When (fill in the blank with your excuse)”. I don’t want to hear it. If you are committed about writing then you are committed to writing every day. No excuses. And that is final. Letters lead to words, words lead to sentences, sentences lead to paragraphs, paragraphs lead to chapters and chapters lead to novels.
So, you think you’ll need a little support? Well who doesn’t? Join a writers’ group.
Writing a book is not easy. Are you up for the challenge? Can you eat the proverbial elephant a teaspoon at a time? Then you can write your novel, a word at a time.
Have you finished setting up your writing schedule yet? Ideally, your schedule should be at least six hours per week to write your book. What do you mean, “I can’t do it!”? How much time do you spend watching television? How much time do you spend watching YouTube? How much time are you on your phone?
Create a new habit, a new regular habit with the same days and same time. You do it with your phone; you can do it with your pen and paper. You can’t find the time? Or you don’t want to make the time?
Then you better forget about writing that book. Forget about the book cover for your novel. And forget about the first 5 star review of your novel.
So what are you going to do? Pick up your phone or pick up your pen?
J. St. John