I want to write a book but…”
That’s usually the first sentence I hear after my mother or some other well-meaning person announces to the world that I am a published author.
There’s one thing I know about those buts—whenever you hear one you know an excuse is coming. No, I’m not judging. How do I know who has a valid excuse and who does not? (No sir-ree! I don’t have those kinds of skills.) I just know from my OWN experiences that the word “but” is merely a filler word for whatever excuse the person has. And it may be that the person has a valid excuse. Whether valid or not, it’s definitely an impediment. So is that you? Are you hiding your first novel behind a big ol’ but? Is your excuse valid or is it something you could do something about. Like right now. This year?
Let me show you what I mean.
For example: “I’d like to lift that car off your foot but I’m not strong enough.” See? That’s a valid excuse but it still hasn’t rescued my foot. Although the person attempting to rescue me can’t lift the car by themselves they should at least go find a tool or a few other pair of hands to get the job done. Maybe that’s you. Maybe you haven’t found the right tool yet. Or you need someone to help you get started.
Another excuse I hear frequently is this one: “I would like to write a book but I don’t know how to start.” Another valid excuse but it’s only a temporary one. If the potential writer wanted to overcome this but he or she could certainly do it.
How about these other excuses? I hear these quite a bit.
Good news for newbie writers! I’m preparing a course for my local library. Actually it is two courses. One is called, Getting Started with Writing a Novel and the second is An Intro for New Self Published Authors.
If you’d like to join me you guys will be my guinea pigs for these two courses and I’ll be sharing what I know about them every week on my blog here. I’m really excited about Getting Started with Writing a Novel. The getting started part is my favorite part. Hands down.
Look for a series of new blog posts from me soon on the subject—and in April a book! In it, I will be helping you get started with a novel when you have no ideas at all. I hope you tune in. Did I mention this would be a video blog post? Oh yeah! I’ll put a reminder on my Facebook page when it’s up.
So are you ready to take this journey with me? I challenge you to take both of my free courses. Learn as much as you can and get in there and get writing!