It’s an innate desire most people have.
In fact, previous research revealed that 81% of Americans believe they “have a book in them.”
Not only do most people desire to write a book. Many people write books every year. In fact, nearly 1.5 million books (new titles and non-traditional) were published in 2013.
Writing is like being hungry.
It is a desire you cannot satisfy until you fulfill its cravings.
“Writing is like a ‘lust,’ or like ‘scratching when you itch,’” remarked C.S. Lewis during his final interview. He went on to say, “Writing comes as a result of a very strong impulse, and when it does come, I for one must get it out.”
Do you have a compelling desire to write?
Is there a story begging to get out of you?
Do you have an idea that you cannot but help share?
If so, what’s holding you back?
There are many obstacles and excuses that can keep us from moving forward. But the main reason many of us don’t place our thoughts on paper is because of fear.
The fear of not being able to express ourselves well. The fear of not having something worth sharing. The fear of someone else’s opinion.
For many years, I wrestled with a tremendous fear of writing.
Today, I still fight this fear.
Every time I sit down to write, edit. or publish anything, I have to punch fear in the face.
My ability to overcome my fear wasn’t something I planned to do. It was something that accidentally happened over the years.
After reflecting upon my experience, there are two essential lessons I learned. Lessons you cannot afford to miss.
There are many writing tips you can use to help you develop your abilities. But the two lessons below must be embraced on your journey to becoming a better writer.