I used to be a completely different person than I am now when it came to pursuing my dreams and goals. I always felt like I had to be a part of something bigger to learn the ropes first and then after I learned enough could venture out into the things that I wanted to do. It was stifling and it kept me from starting. I hear writers all the time talk about wanting to either start a blog or write a book and they are so stuck in their heads that they can’t even begin with the first step, which is to write.
There is so much information out here now days. I mean, wow, I wish some of these things were available to me when I first stepped into the blogosphere. But I can also see how it can be easily overwhelming. Sometimes you are researching so much information on how to properly start a blog that months have passed before you have even written a single blog post. To help with this, it’s important that you designate a certain amount of time for planning and research and a certain amount of time to execute.
I have conversations all the time. People have great ideas and thoughts and things they want to come to fruition, but months down the line, I find that we are having the same conversation and they haven’t moved on a single thing. Words and ideas will get you nowhere without action. What if you just stepped out and started? It’s really at times the hardest step. I think about sometimes when I have work I am dreading or dragging my feet on. I will make up in my head how daunting the task will be that it keeps me from starting it when I should. But the second I calm my mind, sit down at the computer or pick up the pen, it’s ALWAYS so much easier than I thought. When we trick our minds into thinking that something is going to be hard, it will be. When we get out of our own way, we realize that it really is never as scary as we think it is going to be.
I am here to encourage you to write. That is what this whole new direction with The Writer, The Brand is ALL about. I don’t want to hear about your lack of education in writing, your definition of what you think a writer is, or any of the other excuses that we give ourselves not to put the pen to the page. Funny enough I always think about the scene in Sister Act 2 where Whoopi Goldberg chases down Lauryn Hill’s character Rita and in their exchange says “If every morning you wake up and all you think about is singing, then you’re supposed to be a singer girl.” That’s how I feel about writing. I freaking love writing. LOL. I wake up excited about my journaling time or every time I publish a new post. And so if you have a book or you have a blog in you that you think about all the time, you’re supposed to be a writer girl (or guy but you get the point).
And that doesn’t mean that you have to have dreams of being a writer for trade. It is okay to just like to write on the side. But commit to the process. Just like anything in life, stop saying you want to do something if that is not what you want to do. I had to teach myself to be a starter. I could have easily sat around watching everyone else attain their goals singing a woe is me type tune. But I pushed myself. I wrote a book and put it out not knowing who in the world would care. I’ve sold a couple hundred of copies of my book since then. And no it’s not thousands and I have yet to make the New York Times Bestseller list but I am JUST getting started. I have a bunch of books in me. Ha! It’s all about getting my business to a place where I can actually make the time for myself to continue to get them out.
Tell yourself that people will read it and people will care. But you have to put the proper work into letting people know that your work is there. That’s what all this new content is supposed to help you with. It is not just enough to write the words and think that people are automatically going to find your blog or pick up your book. It doesn’t work like that when there is no machine behind you. You have to do the work! The most popular bloggers and writers and poets you know, built their brands from the ground up most often. Now if you are not willing to do the work, I say hey, just keep writing in your notebooks and call it a day. But if you are like me, someone who has always dreamed that my words would impact people, then there are tons of things available in this time to help you get there! But the very first step is writing. And writing well. Just like any other talent, you have to actually write to get better at it. And you may not be great at it in the first passes. Believe me. I have been writing ALL my life and I am still getting better. Pushing myself beyond my boundaries, studying other writers, reading to help really blow my potential open. That’s the process you have to be dedicated to. The first step is starting. Are you going to take that first step this year?
Is getting started your biggest challenge with writing? If not, what other issues are keeping you from starting on that book or blog you’ve been thinking about?