I hear people all the time say “I wish I could write a book” or “I’ve always wanted to write an autobiography”. My response is usually one of two, “Why don’t you?” or “You should!” That’s when all the reasons (or excuses) start. It’s almost like the person is talking him or herself out of the idea before they even give it a shot. Here are some of the most common reasons why people tell me they haven’t written the book they say they want to.
Don’t know where to start? Write something! Yes, starting is just that easy, but I’ll cut you some slack. Maybe you don’t know what to write or how to start off your manuscript. One way is to do an outline. If you already have a basic idea of what your manuscript is going to be about, do a basic outline. List out the chapters according to the length you’ve decided on. Each chapter will cover a major topic you want to address or a certain event in your plot. Then do bullet points under each chapter of points you want to cover under that chapter. Like myself, some of you may not be outline people. That’s ok too! Just start writing whatever comes to your mind, however it comes to your mind. You can go back and rearrange things later.
Don’t have the time? Sure you do! It just seems like you don’t have the time. The fact is there are 24 hours in a day and 10,080 minutes in a week. What you don’t have is a commitment. Even if you just set aside 30 minutes 3 times a week to write, you could accomplish a lot. It’s about making the commitment and sticking to it. Designate a specific amount of time and day(s) the same way you do with anything else (i.e. getting a haircut, exercising, attending church).
Don’t have the money? Ask for help! Publishing a book can seem a bit pricey, especially for a first time author. Maybe you don’t have the extra money just lying around. That’s what sites like gofundme.com and kickstarter.com are for. Creating a profile at a site like these allows family, friends, and even strangers donate money to you for your writing project. Sometimes we all need a little help. Don’t be afraid to ask for and accept it.