“When I meet these people, whose confidence has been knocked or who haven’t had the chance to try their hand yet, it’s often apparent that, whatever reasons they give for not having written yet, they still really want to do it. It’s still the thing they would most like to do. They need to clear some space for themselves. Complicated things like guilt, underconfidence, ambition, pride, and the rest off everyday life – these need to be set aside for a little while. They need to get to know themselves all over again, I think, and get some words down on paper.” (from ‘The Creative Writing Coursebook’ by Julia Bell and Andrew Motion)
Just a brief reminder this week that if there’s something you really want to do, the only one standing in your way is yourself. I know a small handful of people who either used to write but haven’t written for a while due to various reasons, or who have never written but want to and just don’t know how to start.
No one needs to give you permission, and there’s definitely no secret to getting started. If you’re waiting for a sign or a cue to start you’ll be waiting for a while. I understand everyday life can be hectic, but I think if there’s something you really want to do – be it writing a book or something else – all you need to do is start. Make time, set some time aside even if it’s just ten minutes, and do it. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it doesn’t even need to be good. The only thing that matters is that you’ve made a start.
Otherwise it’ll always be that one thing you wanted to do but didn’t, and you’ll wonder what could have been.
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