If writing were easy then everyone would do it. Most people, to some degree, believe that they could be great writers if they only sat down and tried. This is likely because most people have the ability to write and will use their writing to send e-mails, post online, and maybe occasionally conjure up a poem or two. This is also true of singing. Since everyone has a voice it’s no surprise that everyone thinks they have the ability to be a great singer. The thing that these two skills have in common is that they both take an extraordinary amount of time and energy to truly master. The difference between being a writer and being an author is commitment. The new year is the perfect time to consider whether you want to actually be an author or if you simply like the idea of being an author. It’s time to stop making excuses and ask yourself some serious questions about the life you want to live.
Most people use a variety of excuses to explain away their inability to get any writing done. For instance, maybe you’re too tired, maybe you have too many errands to do, or maybe you simply want to enjoy your weekend after working so hard all week. These are all excuses. Excuses are valuable for keeping us safe and protecting us from struggle and from criticism. Unfortunately, great writing exists beyond the realm of safety and security. If you imagine being an author as sitting in a cabin with a typewriter and sipping coffee while drafting the next American epic then you’re not embracing the reality of what it takes to be a writer. Instead of asking yourself whether you want to be a writer, you need to be asking yourself whether or not you’re willing to suffer to achieve it.
Writing requires suffering and sacrifice to accomplish. That might sound dramatic, but it’s the truth. Sacrifices can be as small as having to skip a social gathering to make sure you continue writing to as big as needing to quit your job to focus on your work. These are scary prospects. The biggest fear is that you’ll spend so much time and sacrifice so much and end up with a manuscript that no on wants to read. This is the fear at the core of the excuses. If you want to really be a writer then you have to embrace that fear and cut through all of the excuses.
If you truly want to be a writer then the beginning of the year is a good time to make your dream a reality. It might end up feeling more like a nightmare, but that’s the point.
Read the full article here: Stop Making Excuses And Write A Book
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