So you’ve outlined your book. You’ve created your writing atmosphere, set a daily word count goal, sat your butt in the chair, and started writing.
And now you’re hearing those voices.
You know what voices I’m talking about. The ones that tell you that you’re not good enough, that your story is a piece of sh*t, that you’re wasting your time, that you or your book will never amount to anything.
Friends, this blog is dedicated to all you aspiring writers who might not feel like you have it in you to write a book. (And by the way, I hate the term “aspiring writer”. If you write, then you have every, um, right to shamelessly proclaim that you’re a writer. Say it with me now: I AM A WRITER. Now go tell the world and be fabulous.)
Back to business.
If you’re reading this, chances are high that you have a story burning inside of you. You’ve tried to ignore it, but it’s always there, pushing against the walls of your mind, DYING to get out. So why haven’t you written it yet?
Because it’s a risk.
It’s a risk to set aside minutes, or even hours a day to write something that might not make it.
It’s a risk to put all this energy and focus into something that no one else might read.
But let me quote Rob Bell here for a sec and ask you this: What’s the greater risk?
Writing this book?
Or not writing it?
If you don’t write it, will it haunt you? Will you wake up one morning years from now and wonder what would have happened if you had taken that chance and written that book? Will the same story haunt you, or will you have another book gnawing at your insides, begging to be released? What are the chances of you looking back and desperately wishing you had taken that risk?
Because only YOU can write this book. Sure, there might be some similar books out there. Maybe an author already delivered the message you intended to write.
But they didn’t deliver YOUR message.
Because only you can do that. Only you have your experiences. Only you have your voice. Only you have the unique quirky characters, the unforeseeable plot twists, the jaw-dropping ending, and the deeply moving message.
I’ll say it again: Only you can write this book.
So don’t let your insecurities get you down. Don’t you dare decide that you’re not good enough for this. Don’t listen to those belittling voices in your head that tell you that you can’t do this.
Because you can.
If you dedicate time and persistence, you can write a book. It might take a year or maybe several years. It might take a decade. It might take a heap of courage.
But your story is worth it.
You’re worth it.
So give that story a chance. Who knows? You might change a life.