I stress a lot the importance of getting started. If I haven't, then I will start now.
There is nothing more imperative than starting writing. Taking that first step. It's also why I say that to get started writing, to become a writer, you need to "just write."
Sounds easy, I know.
We all know it's not. But that's the point.
How are you going to know what's stopping you from writing if you never even start? Even taking that first step and falling on your face is what turns into walking. (And if you devote enough time and training to it, you can even become a gold-medal speed walker.) Writing is no different. Well...it may be—I don't know that much about competitive speed walking, but I do a lot of pedestrian activity on the side.
Sit down and write—anything. Nothing.
Because it won't be until then that you will better understand what's stopping you.
If you sit down and write, and then you...write! Then you know your problem is in your head, and you're letting the voices get you down before you can even free your own.
But maybe you sit down to write and you just stare at the screen or page. This happens. This takes a bit of digging, because everyone has their own obstacles, though they can usually be rounded up into a handful of broad categories.
The point of sitting down to write is to understand your relationship to writing.
And you're not going to find that in books or from other people's writing. They may be a great start in understanding your obstacle, but it's still about them, not you. Like the quote I use in my 5 Secrets seminar:
Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for
I've worked with clients who, on their own, talk a lot about writing. But there's not much action. Or, for others, they say writing is important to them, but even in their writing practice there is no growth. Accountability can go a long way, but the right accountability is what you're looking for here.
You need to sit down and write, but you also need to find someone who will hold you accountable to your writing needs. This takes someone who's gone through the process, several times.
The problem with how-to-write books is that, again, although a start, they can't always tell you exactly what's stopping you from your writing goals.
Even if you're following a "how to write and publish" plan, there's a good chance that plan is only going to require more support. That's okay. How many of you have gotten to where you are now because you knew everything you needed to know in advance? ... Right.
So, get started. If you don't know where to start, try a prompt. Read a blog. Read a book. Heck, ask me! I really am here to help. If I know just a little bit about you, I can help get you started. And then you, or we, can figure out the next step from there. But you can't take the next step until you take the first.
And really, it's okay if you fall on your face. I've done it plenty of times. And I'm still writing. Some even say I'm pretty good at it.
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