Monday, February 15, 2010

Do You Want to Write A Book?

With the upcoming release of my first book, Wrong Number, I've been talking a lot about writing lately. It's fun because it's one of my favorite topics!

Did you know that when asked an estimated 75% of people will say that they want to write a book? *I don't have actual data, I'm going by what I've heard, but I've also noticed that you can very easily track your own data as an author because it does seem like 3 out of 4 people like the idea of writing a book.

But 75% of people aren't writing books, are they? Probably not. There are probably a good number of people who are closet writers that we don't know about, those who say they want to write, but aren't able to produce a measurable word count, and those who are actively pursuing their dream.

And I think it's wonderful that there are so many different types of writers!
It's wonderful to want to write a book, but this sequence of posts are for those people who REALLY want to write a book. It's for those people who aren't content to just think about writing, they are willing to get down in the depths of that bottomless pit of writing knowledge--that black hole of possibilities in which you can change one word, turn around a sentence, and find the heart of your writing.

So, if so many people want to write a book....
What stops people from writing?

I could just answer that with---Life in general. But to be more specific, I'll mention a few roadblocks that have tried to deter me on my path to becoming a published author, as well as some popular roadblocks that have planted themselves in front of others.

Stress
Lack of clear, defined goals
Lack of knowledge/understanding of the mechanics of writing
Television
Lack of motivation
Yardwork
Laundry
Empty bellies that need filled
Dishes
Wiping noses and changing diapers

Okay, okay, serious again... here's the biggie

Time Management

Now I know there may be another realm of the universe where inhabitants have more than 24 hours in a day, but here on earth, where I reside we all have 24 hours each and every day.
So how come I hear this phrase from so many people? "I'd love to write a book, but I just don't have the time."

*cough* cough* I don't live in a time warp--I only get 24 hours each day.

Let me emphasize that I think it's wonderful to have a desire to write, I'm not looking down on anyone for having that desire and facing difficulties in making the desire an action.
But if you're serious about writing and you actually are going to do more than just want to write a book--namely you're going to do whatever it takes to make your dream a reality--here's my first tip:

Ditch the "I don't have time" excuse and stay tuned because in an upcoming post I'll be sharing 6 Tips for Writing Success.

What do you think?
Do you want to write a book?
What questions do you have about writing and making writing a part of your life?

Feel free to leave a comment or email me at RachellethewriterATgmail.com with your questions and I'll address them in an upcoming post.

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