“If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow.” (Louis L’Amour)
A friend sent me this quote a couple of days ago, and it’s very fitting for this blog, wouldn’t you say? I know I’ve said this before, but it can’t be stressed enough that in order to be a writer, you need to actually write something. A little every day wherever possible. I know a few people who want to be a writer but haven’t written anything in months or longer. It’s the equivalent to saying you really want a job without actually looking for one.
Likewise I know a few people who say they do want to write a book but they haven’t got enough life experience yet – and these people are the same age as me! By the time you become a teenager you’ve already experienced just about every emotion known to man. You’ll have felt love (save falling in love yourself, maybe), loss, joy, sadness, terror, achievement, disappointment – life won’t give you much more than this besides more of the same. If you want to be a writer, don’t stall saying you haven’t experienced life enough yet. Sit down and write. Practice makes perfect, non?
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