Updated: Sep 6, 2019
Have you ever found yourself staring at the computer screen, knowing what you want to write but not knowing where to begin? Your fingers hesitantly hover over the crisp black keys as you hope the epic sentence will begin to flow from your fingertips like magic. After sitting there for an hour, blankly staring at the white screen, you roll your eyes and stand up. As you walk towards the fridge to grab something to munch on, you wonder to yourself, do you even have it in you? Can you do this? It is then that you remember all the things you may have wanted to do but was never able to. You begin to look at your dream to becoming a writer the same way that you look at your childhood dream to become a mermaid.
As you munch on a carrot, your eyes trail to the dusty bookshelf covered in a hundred books you have read and another two hundred that you have been planning on reading since June of last year.
"How did they do it," you wonder to yourself as your eyes settle on the cover of your favorite book, written by the author who inspired you to write in the first place.
I am here to tell you, we have all been where you are at.
Start with just a sentence. Even if it is a terrible sentence, start with that. Then keep going. Write 5 terrible sentences, and then 20, and 30. When I first began to write, all of my sentences were terrible and my grammar was even worse. (Thank god for editors.) But I didn't stop. I kept going until I had a book and then I rewrote that book over 40 times before it even touched the hands of my editor. The first book I wrote took me seven years to write. The second book took me three and the third book took under a year.
Some people are able to write an amazing book with just a few edits. Some people have to take a bit more time to write a book and get in the groove of things. There is no wrong way, there is just your way and the way society tells you it needs to be done. But I say fuck society. Do what makes you happy and do it the way you need to do it. As long as it gets done, it doesn't matter the technique you use.