Many potential writers fall down by not doing anything. For whatever reason, they don’t even make the starting blocks. It may be down to lack of confidence; they don’t feel that people would want to read what they’ve got to say. Most people have an urge to write a book; the hardest part of writing is getting started.
‘Procrastination is the thief of time’ goes the old adage. This is certainly true for thousands of would-be authors who just don’t seem to find the time to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard. We all have busy lives. We seem to spend almost every waking hour working, travelling to or from work, cleaning the house, spending time with our family and a hundred and one other seemingly important tasks.
The key is to start managing your time. Allocate yourself an hour, or even thirty minutes, every day to write something down. Don’t wait for inspiration; that is the biggest misconception that stops writers from fulfilling their potential. Once you overcome the hardest part of writing, by actually putting something down on paper, or your computer screen, you will be surprised how swiftly your creative juices begin to flow.
Although you don’t need to wait for inspiration; when it comes, and it will come at seemingly the most inappropriate time, be prepared. Make sure you carry a reporter’s notebook and a pen or pencil with you wherever you are.
If you commute to work by train, you cannot fail to notice how most of your fellow passengers hold some kind of electronic gadgetry in their hands for most of their journey. So, why not you? Charge up your notebook battery overnight or during work; get yourself a tablet. You could be losing an average of two hours creativity per day as you stare out of the train window, browse through the newspaper, or just doze your journey away.
So, in order to overcome the hardest part of writing, get started. Not tomorrow; not next weekend; something else will impose its hold on your valuable time by then. Today; now; grab that pen and paper or switch on the computer. Oh, and a word of warning as you sit at the keyboard, your fingers poised as you about to undergo your journey of self-discovery.
It is nice to check up on how your friends are doing. It is so easy to click on to Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. You may even kid yourself that you need to get your brain into the right frame of mind before you start. Procrastination awaits, ready to pounce and relieve you of your most valuable commodity.
Focus for one hour solely on writing. Then maybe reward yourself with a deserved break. If you can manage two hours in one go, all the better. The other thing is to make sure you are fed, watered and the call of nature is answered before you start.
The key to overcoming the hardest part of writing is to keep at it. Let your family know that this is important to you. Make yourselves available to them before and after your allocated writing time. But make it clear that this is your time. Also, if possible, shut yourself away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Before you know it, you will be well into that book you always wanted to write.