It’s Not Too Late

It’s not too late. It’s never too late. I don’t care how old you are, what you’ve done with your life, where you live, or how you got there. It’s not too late to write a book.

The reason you think it’s too late is because you’re comparing yourself to other writers. Writing is not a competitive sport. Writers don’t think that their book is the best book in the world and that yours will suck. Writers are essentially readers, they read as much as they write. If they thought all other books sucked, they would never read! Writers are an inclusive type of people. We welcome newcomers and help them as much as possible (like with blogs, for instance).

Writing is a craft that anyone can learn. First, you brainstorm. Write down everything that’s in your head. Next, organize all that information by making an outline (what’s going to be in the first chapter, second chapter, etc). Then, start your draft. The draft is the hardest part but the most fun part of writing. It’s very simple, use your outline to guide you and write without stopping for a little bit everyday. Then, you can go back to edit and revise to make it sound the way you want.

Don’t worry about the writer who has 40 books published. Don’t worry about the writer who’s on the best-seller’s list. Just focus on the story you want to tell and get writing. I hear stories all the time in the virtual #WritingCommunity about people who just got their first book published and they’re in their 80s!

It’s never too late. Start writing now.

Dawn Zauner – Writing Expert
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