Ever heard someone, presumably, a person with dreams and aspirations for being an author, say this? “Someday I’ll get to writing my book.”
We all know what it’s like to be busy and life has a way of getting in the way sometimes too. But here’s the rub…
…”Someday” isn’t writing. Writing is writing.
What do we mean? We all have hopes, dreams, and aspirations whether it’s to travel to Italy or write a best-selling children’s book. But those dreams are indeed just that, a dream, until the first step of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) is achieved.
Once that first step is taken, when you are “doing” not just “someday I will-ing.” That is also when it gets real.
But to take that first step can be a scary move and many would-be writers plummet into Analysis Paralysis so badly they can’t even make the first move in writing the book of their dreams. The solution is simple: take it in baby steps. Ask yourself what are the three things, and only THREE, that you could do this week that will move you forward in your quest to be an author.
Is your Three Steps to give your main character life? To discover a support group that will help to keep you accountable on your writing journey?
Do your Three Steps include picking a title for your future best-seller or even starting a Twitter account so you can begin building your author platform?
Or is Step One of your Three just finding the time and space to sit, write and create?
Any of these are perfectly OK. Remember, any forward movement is still moving towards your dreams. Even if the movement feels tiny, it is still progress.
Books are not written in days. Many aren’t even written in months. There’s no right time of day to sit and write as long as what you are writing is divinely inspired!
Now go forth and WRITE.
Valarie Budayr is the founder of the independent publishing house Audrey Press and co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden. She is also the co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Valarie is passionate about making kid’s books come alive and bringing back the joy of reading to young and old alike. You can find her doing that on her popular blog and website, Jump into a Book.
Noreen Wenjen has spent the last two decades of her successful career recognizing the importance of creating a nurturing environment for music students. With two filled-to-capacity piano instruction studios to her credit and a vast knowledge of marketing gleaned from working at two Fortune 500 companies, Wenjen is sharing her proven business tactics with other music teachers who are committed to establishing a successful music studio with longevity.
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– Dr. Stewart Gordon, Professor of Keyboard Studies at the Thorton School of Music, University of Southern California
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