The short answer is yes. You are most certainly a writer.
If you have a passion for storytelling, an imagination, and dedication to stick with it – you can create a story.
Writing is work and if you are willing to put in the work, take feedback, rework, and go through rounds of editing; you can create a well-rounded book that will be interesting to others.
People that say they’d write a book if they had time or that they aren’t writers have nothing over the authors that quit talking and started doing.
If you’re interested in giving book writing a try and you *actually* start writing, you are already ahead of the game!
You can do it. You can keep it up.
Here are a few suggestions for keeping the momentum going:
- Each day when you get up, write about whatever you are most interested in writing about. Simply jot down any new ideas that pop into your head.
- Trust yourself to come up with new ideas each new day. Stop questioning yourself! Not everything will be absolutely incredible but if you are consistent you’re bound to find the gold within.
- Reaffirm everyday that you are a writer and that you will write something today.
- Write with the honesty and courage that supports your sharing of the words you write.
- Know that writing is not about simply ideas or what others might say, but about your individual expression of ideas.
Creating a manuscript is like a renovation project. There’s a structure and plan but you never know what’s behind the walls so you have to be flexible.
Next the colour and texture of furniture and fixtures come in to influence the sense of time and place, and feeling you want to evoke, but sometimes they don’t fit the space or match or make you feel the way you thought.
Finally the last minute touches get added that make it the picture you want to portray.
The process takes time and will have ups and downs, and things might not even feel like they’re coming together until the end.
So, don’t give up partway through!
Pick up the hammer, rip up the floor, slather on the plaster, go for the bold colour, and know that the road to manuscript creation and book publishing is a series of constructions and renovations.
“A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the stream of the world.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, poet, novelist, and playwright
What reaffirms for you that you are a writer, and that you should be writing?0