Start writing a book. Has this ever been a thought of yours? It was one of mine for many years. And, for many years I did nothing about it until one day I sat down to ask myself why not?
The biggest reason I didn’t start writing a book
Fear. I was afraid. I was afraid of my own self, my inner critic. I was afraid of what people would think about my story and my writing. I was afraid to open myself up to criticism.
This was one hurdle I needed to get over. I did.
The next hurdle
The next problem was actually writing the book. I thought I could just sit down and write, which I did. The first time I competed in NaNoWriMo I sat down and wrote. I wrote around 19 000 words and then, I lost interest in my story. I started hating the characters, I had run out of inspiration, and I didn’t know where my story was going.
So, I started doing some research
I sat down and read everything I could read about writing a book. I read books on grammar, the writing craft, plotting, outlining, revising, goal setting, and even writers biographies. I spent hours and hours learning. I learnt for a whole year before I attempted writing a novel again. The next year I participated in NaNoWriMo again and this time with great success. I finished with a great story, and I finished early.
So, now I want to share how I crossed my first hurdle. I want to share with you how I got over the fear and how I actually started writing my first novel.
Free Course to help you start writing
This is a 5-day email course. Each day you will receive an email with a new lesson as well as a worksheet to accompany the lesson. These are the 5 things I did first to help me start writing my book.
Sometimes, we already know what to do and sometimes we don’t. Either way, it’s okay. Sometimes we just need to talk our way through something, or read your way through. Sometimes, we need a little push to get going. That’s exactly what this course is. It’s the push you need to get started.