There's still something inside of me that is excited when people ask what I do for a living and I get to tell them I'm a writer.
After that declaration, the conversation goes one of two ways:
1. “What do you write?”
2. “I want to write a book.”
Everyone has a book inside of them–you and me included.
However, the more I talk to wanna-be-authors the more I realize few of them are actually writing books.
They've got plenty of excuses to avoid writing the book they want to write someday:
- lack of time
- bad grammar and spelling
- one-finger typing skills
- awful handwriting
- too many ideas
- incomplete ideas
- unsure how to find a publisher
- no publishing contract
The problem goes deeper than these self-proclaimed inadequacies. The root of the problem is often fear.
There is always a possibility of failure. Rejection in a guarantee in the writing world. The “what if” realm of possibilities can be more stifling than liberating.
Instead of letting creative juices flow freely, we approach writing with excuses, alternatives for our limited time, and conversations about writing. We should be utilizing this time to actually write.
If you've hung around the cyber-sphere enough you've noticed a difference between “people who have blogs” and “bloggers.”
The bloggers update diligently, comment on others' posts, share information, and interact online.
The people who have blogs don't. They show up every once in awhile and take it personally when no one comments on their journal entry.
Likewise, there are writers who are actively working on a piece they may or may not ever published.
And there are wanna-be writers who are filling their time with other activities, letting fear run their lives, and never allowing their ideas out of their heads.
If singers sing and dancers dance, then creatives should create and writers should write not just talk about it.
What keeps you from writing?
The practice is designed to be a springboard but it can also be a distraction. Today instead of warming up with a practice, jump right in to that idea you've been putting off. Then share it in the comments. We promise not to judge you. After all, writers write.