Start Writing Your Book Now
I get it all the time when I tell
people that I am a writer and published author. They tell me, "I wish I could
write a book," or "I thought about writing a book," or "Some day Iím going to
write a book" - so when are you going to start?
Then I hear the excuses, "I donít know
how to write," or "I donít know where to start," or "Nobody would be interested
in what I have to say," etc, etc, etc. If I pressure them a bit, then they may
try to change the subject. I think many people have a romantic idea of what
writing is all about. The truth is, the writing itself is very easy and is
completely natural for most; it is our negative thoughts about it that gives the
greatest difficulty. There is a book in each and every one of use that needs to
come out and there is one person waiting to read it.
Writing is very much like going to the
bathroom; itís in you and it needs to come out. Sometimes it just crap, and
other times itís a very relieving experience. But the reason you do it is always
the same Ė you have to!
I think people who want to write get
confused between writing just for the sake of it, and wanting to write a book or
article. They donít really know why they want Ė they just want to Ė because.
Believe me "because" is good enough. However, if you think you are going to
write a book and itís going to be a million seller, you are most likely setting
yourself up for disappointment. Of the thousands of books written every year,
very few are published and even fewer are best sellers, and even less are
It is not my intention to discourage
you from writing; quite the opposite; I want to encourage you to write
something, anything; just get started!
There is a very simple writing process
that I teach people that is full proof. Anyone can write a word, anyone can turn
that word into a sentence, and that sentence can be made into a paragraph Ė
anyone can do it, I promise. I will tell you how, and weíll see if your thoughts
of being a writer are just a whimsical idea; like being a rock star or movie
actor and if there is a true desire to write.
Good books donít just happen; they are
created through hard work. The writing is the easiest part of creating or
publishing a book and you can do it, if you have the desire. Itís all the other
things, like proofing, publishing and marketing that scare many writers off.
Most people have a fear of making
mistakes or not having the perfect book on the first draft. Those people who do
have these fears will most likely never start. But I will tell you Ė all writers
whether it is their first effort or they are seasoned writers, all have the same
When I sat down this morning, I had no
idea about what I was going to write about. I tossed around a few ideas and
agonized over the title. Itís not very often that I have the thought before I
sit down. The only thing I have before I start is the desire. An idea may come
to my head, but then the ever present doubt comes, "what do I know about that,"
or "I wonít have enough material to make a descent sized article?" Never is
there the idea in my head that someone might not like it; that doesnít enter my
head because the truth is; I donít care if anyone likes it Ė I write for myself
first because it is in me to do so, and it needs to come out.
This thought allows me to move forward
and start the title and first lines of the article or book; from there the
material just begins to flow. The real bonus is that because I have done it for
myself, the article or book is already a success, I am relieved and the paper
work is done.
I will give you a very simple and
short version of how to start you poem, article or book. This works every time
and you cannot fail.
Find a place where you feel
comfortable; many of us writers like the kitchen table and there are some good
reasons for that. It is a place that is familiar and a place where we have
experienced many things. The ghosts of family members and friends and others are
sitting there with us. Their images are opportunities for a story, poem or
Many people start off thinking they
will write their memoirs and are quickly turned around by what comes out. An
experienced event may turn into a philosophical book about things you never
thought you knew anything about and now you have become an expert.
I never thought that I was spiritual,
certainly not religious; but I have been writing spiritual material for eight
years and my books are selling in nine countries and my articles are being read
all over the world Ė who would have thought?
You need to bring something to the
table; how about a pencil, pen and paper. Leave it on the table and donít do
anything; just get comfortable with the idea that it is there and so are you Ė
Let your mind wonder and take no
notice of what you are doing or why, this is a form of meditation, but with one
exception. In meditation we want to get into a state of nothingness and try to
stay there as long as possible. Here we want to get to that state then notice a
thought, when the thought comes to our awareness, write it down quickly. Then go
back to your meditation. Note here that it doesnít matter what the thought is,
just write it down.
This is stupid; Iím sitting here
wasting my time!
This table is dirty!
The neighbour and his damn
lawnmower; I canít concentrate!
The quick brown fox jumped over the
Now is the time for all good men to
come to the aid of the party!
Iíve got better things to do!
This is not working!
Congratulations, youíre a writer;
this is what we do.
Now, you just need to do this again
sometime. Throw your paper into the garbage, and put away your pen. The only
difference between what you have done and what I do is that I write a few more
words than you.
The biggest mistake most beginners
make is that they think their spelling, grammar, structure and style have to be
perfect Ė wrong! Never think about these things. The whole idea of what you just
did was the same as going to the bathroom Ė you got to get the crap out Ė itís a
start. If you get to the point where you have written a book; there are people
you can pay to make changes and corrections Ė donít worry about it. I will make
the same mistake with this article as you will. I will proof read it myself at
least three times and then submit it to my site for people to read. The worst
person to proof read your material is you. There are very few successful authors
that do all their own proofreading, except for those of us who canít afford to
have someone do it for us. If you are the only one that is going to be reading
your work, then that doesnít even matter; just write.
After you have practiced this
little exercise a few times, you are going to be amazed at what begins to flow
from you. It will more than likely be something completely different than what
your initial thoughts were. You must keep going and see where it takes you Ė
that is the excitement. Trust me; you will be going on a wonderful trip. What
you do with your writing after you have done it doesnít matter if you have
written for yourself first. If others will receive benefit from what you have
done, great; that is a bonus for you and you may even earn some money for you
effort. But your greatest reward comes from doing it.
If your desire comes from a true
state of being a writer, your one, two or three words will work into sentences,
paragraphs and books. It happens automatically despite the fact that you may
think it doesnít. If you continue with this exercise, I guaranty something
extraordinary will happen; what you do with it will be another thing; at this
time it doesnít matter. The whole point of this article is to get you to begin
somewhere. How much effort does it take to write one word? In my genre, two
words describe perfectly what life is all about, they are "I Am" and it is all
you need to know. "I Am and writer" is a declaration life being a writer. Even
if you write down "I canít do this," you have succeeded. Now thatís a great
title for a new book!
It was not my intention this
morning to write an article about writing that would help you get started along
your new journey Ė it just flowed out of me.
PS, I didnít think I would get past the first paragraph with
this article; I am one day late to post it to my web site; but it is done in
spite of my doubts.
Roy is a resident of British Columbia, Canada. An international published author, a student of NLP, spiritual philosopher, New Age Light Worker, Teacher and Phenomenologist. Roy's books and articles are thought provoking, and designed to empower your imagination.
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