Wow– it is way, way too easy to knock myself down before I even start writing.
I have too many excuses for not actually starting that novel I have wanted to write.
- How do I start the process?
- Will it be good enough for anyone to read?
- Will I be confident enough to share it?
- I don’t have enough time.
- Some of real life is bound to creep in it. Will I piss anyone off if they mistakenly see themselves on a page?
- What do I do with it when it’s complete?
- What other excuses do I have today?
Today, to encourage myself to stop the negativity and postponing and to push myself forward, I am answering all these negative questions with positive responses:
- I have already started creating characters, one from a previously published short story I have long-wanted to know better.
- Yes, it will. Just remember that all books have some critics.
- I better! Maybe I should finally join the local library writer’s support group, once I get a few words on paper.
- Yes, there is enough time. Just grab it while fresh. Write in spurts if needed or at a set time of each work day.
- Once I read it, I will know if any part of the book is a little too real. Remove it, change it.
- Figure that out later.
- Give me an hour. I will have one.
How do you say no to yourself, before you even begin your journey? Why? Fear, I think. Or we start comparing ourselves to others when no one else is.
Just leap in. Start now.