This blog post is for everyone that has ever had the following thought cross their mind:
I should write a novel!
Can everyone write a bestselling novel? Probably not. It takes a certain amount of native talent and lots of dedication to learn the skills and put in the time. As Sam Mussabini said in Chariots of Fire, “You can’t put in what God left out.”
But, here’s the thing. If you have a desire to write, I think that means there’s an idea inside of you trying to get out. It might not be the Next Big Thing, but maybe it will be. You’ll never know unless you give writing a try. Most people, after they start writing for others to read, find that they have a lot to say. The ideas start flowing. They usually end up saying I should have started sooner! So you need to start now. Don’t worry about getting lots of training before you start writing. Don’t worry about doing lots of preparation. Those are all excuses that just put off writing. Start writing first, and then once you’ve established the habit, you can think about taking writing courses and polishing your craft.
The most important task is to start writing now.
There may be a novel inside of you trying to get out.