I work with aspiring writers every day. People who own nagging stories inside themselves, stories they wish to extricate from their brains, their hearts, their souls. Hell, I’m one of them myself. We all possess stories, whether we fictionalize them or not, they’re still our stories.
I’ve discovered over the years of doing what I do (book whisperer), each of us possess an almost hard-wired predilection to NOT writing the story we truly desire to write. Getting past the point of struggling with what I call the “externals” or writing is key to getting our stories written. The externals nearly always fall into the category of concern for what other people may think of our writing or our story.
You know what I’m going to say here. Who cares?
Obviously, as writers we care a lot. Too much actually. The writers who step out bold and write their story with as much internal truth and passion they can muster are the ones who make thing happen. These types of writers get their books written. These types of writers tall hard hitting stories. The “go there” without the worry and concern of what others may think. They write their books for themselves.
The writing life often is a struggle with our internal demons and the person inside our head who tells us to scale back. To water down. After all, who am I to make such a bold statement? Who am I to think i can set a trend?
Your a writer with a voice, that’s who you are. When you embrace that voice, when you step up to who you are and what you truly wish to say, that’s when you’ll find what you desire form the writing life. Some people simply need permission to do this. Permission from a coach or mentor. Mainly, permission from themselves in the end. Others need a lot of support because what they intend to write feels so much larger than they are.
The writing life requires a dialogue, an honest one, between you and yourself. You must give yourself permission to get the work done. You must give yourself over to your book as a labor of love if you desire to produce the best book possible. You must look into your internal mirror, see your faults and weaknesses,tragedies and triumphs, and be willing to write them down.
The writing life calls for courage. Bravery. Defiance. Love. Passion. Determination.
The great thing about the writing life is we all possess those items and many more which will helps us create our book dream into reality. We own the tools because they remain internal to us. If you wish to hang a picture on your wall, you need a nail and a hammer. Ultimately, when you get past all excuses, the picture gets put on the wall when we finally decide to puck up our tools and make it happen.
Your story, your book, is your picture. You own the tools to get it on that wall, to get it written. When you decide to use these tools and you put action into the project, you will get it done. As long as you sit there and repeat over and over, “This is something I really want to do.” and you remain seated, you will not get your book written.
The writing life requires you to hone your skills by using your tools. You have so many tools you will be amazed at what you may do once you get going. The writing life gets lived mainly between your ears with the root cprouting up from your heart. Stop putting it off. Stop telling yourself it’s too hard. You have everything you need at this very moment. get up and make it happen!