I think we’ve all heard it before.
“I’ve wanted to be a writer as long as I can remember.”
But how many people actually follow up on that dream? How many people take the time to write down the goals they need to reach their writing dream? How many people map out the actual steps they need to take to accomplish those goals? How many people follow through?
I was one of those people. For years, I wanted to write.
But I never did.
Instead, I did just about every writing-related thing one could do besides write. I read about writing. I plotted novels. I outlined stories. I read some more about writing. I signed up for Nano. And gave up hours in without writing a single word. I talked about writing. I compiled notebooks of advice and tips on writing. I visited writing websites. I chatted on writing forums.
But I never wrote.
I guess I wasn’t ready to take the plunge and be a writer.
I wasn’t willing to take the plunge and be a writer. A real writer.
Last year, I finally did. But you guys probably already know that story.
Let’s move on. I want to talk about you.
How can you take the plunge and be a real writer?
As far as I can see, you have three options.
1. Don’t write, and never worry about writing. Get on with your life. Do other things. Catch up on that television series. Keep working your job. Get married. Have kids. Be happy, if you can. Grow old.
For some of you, this options works. It’s the easiest choice after all.
But let’s face it. If you’re reading this, this option probably isn’t for you. That’s why you’ve come to the computer, tablet, or smart phone once more to satisfy a tiny bit of that writing need you have inside you.
So you move on to Option 2…
2. Have the want to write and worry about writing. Do everything (as mentioned above) except write. Always plan to be a writer but never actually achieve your writing dream. Save it for tomorrow instead.
For a smaller number of you, this will work. For years, maybe.
But there will always be that need nagging at you. The feeling that you can be something more. That you want to be something more. But you’ll never act on it. And that’s a shame.
A lot of you are probably at this stage. And will probably never get past it. I almost didn’t.
What do you do if you can’t stand that yucky feeling any longer? You choose the only thing that will bring you the happiness and satisfaction you’re craving…Option 3.
3. Take the plunge and be a writer. You write. You worry about writing, not because you’re not doing it and you wish you were, but because you’re going through the learning process. You’re creating stories on the page. You’re finishing short stories, poems, and novels. You’re revising and editing. You’re showing your work to other writers and improving your writing skills. You’re probably getting published. Your life still isn’t easy, but you no longer have the regret of not having taken the plunge.
Very few of you will finally make this choice of being a writer. Of writing. Of actively pursuing a writing career.
I congratulate you and support you all the way.
What’s the next step?
Stay tuned for next week’s post: How to Take the Plunge and Be a Writer (Part 2). Where I’ll give you tons of tips on the every day things you need to do to be a writer.
Meanwhile, take some proactive steps to be a writer.
See you back next week, writer.
What choice will you make? Have you chosen Option 3 yet? What’s keeping you from being a writer today? If you’ve taken the plunge, do you regret it?