First, I want to say thank you, for two different things.
Thank you for the allowing me to take a break last week from this blog in the midst of Christmas chaos, and for your acknowledgement that sometimes we all need to remember that we can't do everything. Instead of feeling like I let you all down because I simply couldn't get an article done, I felt that many of you appreciated the reminder to breathe. Thank you for that.
Also, thank for your wonderful comments in response to my "What Christmas Means To Me" post from two weeks ago, both written to me and shared in person. It means the world to me that those words had a positive impact on many of you.
As we have now made it through the Christmas and New Years weeks, many of us are finally beginning to look forward to what is up next in this new year ahead of us. Some people like making new years resolutions, others hate the idea because they feel like asking for failure, and I'm sure a certain number fall somewhere in the middle. I'm personally shooting for progress, and we'll leave it at that. (wink)
One of the things that many aspiring writers decide to include in their resolutions is to "finally write that book". Whether that's the novel floating around in your head or getting that technical project put together you have been collecting pieces for over the years, my advice to you is this- DO IT. Stop thinking about, stop "planning for it", stop telling yourself you just know it will be awful, and put paper to pen. Well, you'll probably put your fingers to the keyboard, but that works too.
I've written about this before, but I'll say it again- first drafts suck. But you know what, that's okay. Write them anyway. Get those words out there, because only then can they get improved on. In my personal experience, once I begin working on a narrative for a novel the ideas keep coming. It's like removing the dam in the river- a flood is coming.
I understand that can be scary. Embrace the flood. You can handle it.
I personally have had three different friends share with me that they have always wanted to write a book. One would be a technical publication regarding her career, one is non-fiction, and the third would be somewhat autobiographical regarding the struggles she's faced and a desire to share her story with others facing similar hardships. When they mention that they "would love to have coffee and pick my brain about writing", I am always happy to help. "Absolutely!" will always be my response. In my own journey as a writer, I wish would have had more support in those "thinking about it" days, and it's really an honor to be apart of shaking someone out that rut.
If you are thinking about finally writing "that book", reach out. Whether that's to me or to someone around you who you trust, find that person who can push you off the start line, because crossing that finish line will be the best feeling in the world. Find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jhchampine or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jhchampine, or use the Contact page on here. All messages are sent by me. I don't use any auto-response nonsense, and no one else posts for me.
Let's get that book started...