Starting Is Half the Battle

If you start today, and write one word every day, by the end of 2011 you’ll have written a flash fiction story of 354 words.

If you start today, and write ten words every day, by the end of 2011 you’ll have written a short story of 3,540 words.

If you start today, and write 100 words every day, by the end of 2011 you’ll have written a novella of 35,400 words.

If you start today, and write 1000 words every day, by the end of 2011, you’ll have written a 354,000 word epic.

If you start today.

But starting is half the battle.

You have so much to do. You’ve got your job and your meetings and your commute and your family and your shopping and your house work and your yard work.

Yes, you want to be a writer. It’s your dream. You have so many ideas for stories. You scribble them down in a notebook. Someday you’ll write your novel. But not today because today you have the job and the meetings and the commute and…

One word.

Ten words.

100 words.

Do you know how long it takes to write 100 words? Have you tried?

Maybe you’re unsure how to start. Or afraid of doing it wrong. Maybe you’re intimidated by the idea of it all.

I find it intimidating at times. I’m often unsure how to start. I’m always afraid of doing it wrong.

And that’s the case for almost every author I’ve ever talked to about writing. But here’s what I’m sure they’d say, and I what I say, too:

Start anyway.

You don’t have to have fancy paper or special pens or a lighted candle or absolute quiet or any of those other things resistance is telling you that you need.

All you need to do is write a word, and then the next, and the next.

One word a day, if that’s what it takes to get you started.

Just, whatever you do, get started.

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