Writing book-length fiction or non-fiction is a big job. So often I hear, “I have an idea for a book. I’m going to write it one day.” I would love to know how many of the people who have told me that over the years have written their dream book.
My guess is, if your idea isn’t burning a hole in your brain trying to get out of you, if it isn’t clamoring for you to write it way into the wee hours of the night; you may never write it. And if you’re not, in the meantime, writing shorter pieces (stories, a daily journal entry, a blog post) every chance you get, I can say, with almost absolute certainty, you’ll never get around to writing that book.
You see, it’s a fact. Writers write… They really do. They get up early to write before the hustle bustle of the family starts. They stay up after everyone has gone to bed to write just one more scene or to tweak something they wrote earlier. Yes, they write on napkins during lunch and probably on toilet paper in the john.
I’m not kidding. If you have a book in you, you’re probably a person who HAS TO write. So get busy. Don’t wait for retirement or to win the lottery.
At the very least, if you feel you’re not ready to unleash the book, you better be in the batters’ box warming up. That means carrying a notebook or journal with you and cultivating the habit of writing in spare minutes you grab between items on your to do list. That’s what writers do. And their writing is all the better for it.