And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. ~Sylvia Plath
One of my childhood dreams was to write a book or two. Notice I didn’t say “To be a writer”. There is a difference between being a writer and just writing a book (I tell myself this to take some pressure off, so just go with it).
English is my second language and the fear of grammatical and phrasing errors always stopped me from even trying. Then there’s the “I’m afraid to be judged” part when people read about all the things I’ve done. Oh and there’s one more. The “People in this book will hate me when they read the part they’re in”. Sound familiar? You see… just like you, I have stories to tell, inspiration to share, imagination and creativity but I also have self-doubt. For some reason, around this time last year I was done being afraid of failing and took a leap of faith! I’m glad and proud to say the book is coming along fine, now if I could just stay focused!
So this is what I’ve done so far:
Step one, decide on fiction or non-fiction? It’s about the story of my life with creative exaggeration and ad lib. What’s so interesting about my life that you would buy my book you say? Well… I said I dreamt of writing one, who said anything about selling it? Now if I happen to send an email blast of my story to all the publishers that will read it and hopefully most won’t get lost in spam folders… well I’ll think about that later, for now I just need to type my thoughts first.
Step two, set aside some time everyday to “type” or stare at my computer for an hour. I can’t have writer’s block if all I’m doing is typing stories, don’t you agree?
Step three, save the document and turn my computer off. I try not to go back to read it. Every time I did, I just ended up wasting the hour and deleting most of what I “typed”. Some nights I get into it and just “type” the night away until I look up and it’s time to pack lunch for hubby and the kid… and brush my teeth.
Step four, well I haven’t gotten to that one yet. Once I’m done “typing” I guess I will take this step to share my work with someone who will tell me like it is… my sisters! This is the part where I give my ego a few shots of the chill pill… I must not be discouraged. So once I’m at this point… I will send out an update!
I know that nine out of ten people reading this post have had some desire of writing a book. I say go for it because the worse thing that can happen is you die wishing you had when here it is… you have today, tomorrow and days to follow. Go “type” a book and maybe even become a writer!