Believe it or not, it’s as simple as that. Writers write. It’s what we do. But you’d be surprised how many people forget that.
I’ve met several potential writers who have bragged about all the work they’ve done on their project. One had a detailed outline of their proposed novel. Another had 3x5 cards filled with biographical notes for each character. A third had a notebook in which he kept hours’ worth of research. When I asked them how far they had gotten in their book, they admitted they had not written anything yet. These people completely miss the point. Research, plot, and character are necessary, but not anywhere near as important as actually writing the book.
So get out there and start writing.
“That’s easy for you to say. You’re published and have plenty of time to write. I don’t.”
No one has time to write. You need to make time.
“Oh, come on. How much writing do you really expect me to get done in an hour a day?”
Let me put it this way. In that hour, anyone can write a single page. If you type in double space, that’s approximately 300 words a day. If you do that every day for a year, when you’re done you will have 365 pages totaling over 100,000 words. That, my friends, is a novel.
So what are you waiting for? Close down the Internet, call up your computer, and start writing.
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