“I love writing!,” they exclaim with the sincerest of eyes. Then, they simply shake their heads and reply, “I just don’t have the time to write now. Eventually I’ll do it.”
Let me tell you friends that time never comes. There is always something more to do. What it comes down to at the end of the day is: Are you saying yes to your dream or no today?
2. You’re what I call “delete key friendly.”
You type down a few words and then, contemplate how stupid they sound, and quickly begin deleting your sentences so you can start fresh again.
You are waiting for your writing to come out perfectly. And that is another classic dream killer. It takes a long time to hone your craft, style, and tone for writing which is why you need to stop using the delete key and just let yourself write.
Forget waiting for it to be perfect. People don’t want that. In fact, the arts of work we love the most are the ones that are gritty, messy, and above all honest. That’s why Catcher in the Rye became so famous and it’s why we loved Eat, Pray, Love.
I used to say writing is like, “Opening your heart, and letting it bleed words on to the page.” And I still believe so. You can clean it up with a bucket of bleach and a grammar mop later. Just write from your heart because that’s what we want to hear.
3. You’re scared.
Someone may not like your writing. Your 1st book may not sell. Well, I’ll I can say after interviewing a ton of authors and agents and watching my writing friends who were just once bloggers, become authors—welcome to our club! That first book could suck. But you know what, I bet your second will be damn good because of how much you learned the first time around. And the same goes for popularity. That will come with time.
My favorite example of this is Sophie Kensilla. Did you know that her real name is actually Madeleine Wickham? She published several books under her true name before her true classic Sophie style blossomed into an international bestseller. Because all of it takes time and there is no shame in putting your writing out there. Someone will love it.
And once you feel like you’ve really hit your stride, you can change your name too like Sophie did. So what are you waiting for??!