That is the question!
For years I pondered this and had no answer until finally, somehow, I made a discovery; writing was truly my passion. Above all else. I wanted to write and I wanted an answer to the question of how do I start? Hours upon hours, day after day, month after month, I researched. Read everything possible, talked with successful writers and read some more.
The same answer surfaced repeatably.
It seemed so simple. I didn't believe it. There had to be more, surely there was a mysterious secret I hadn't yet uncovered which would give me the answer on how to start writing?
There wasn't. This is the answer. You want to write? Then write.
That was a long time ago. I didn't believe in myself as a writer. In many other areas of my life I was an accomplished professional but when it came to writing I was T E R R I F I E D. Putting myself out there on paper made me shudder. It exposed me.
I unconfidently started 'just writing'. I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going. It would be weeks or months between writing as I was struggling with myself. That's when I came across the second most valuable piece of advice...
Write everyday. Write about anything but just write S O M E T H I N G.
And I did, it took me months to get into the habit. Some people challenge themselves with a daily word count they need to achieve. For me this doesn't work, I just made sure I wrote everyday. Who cares if it doesn't make sense and I certainly didn't worry how much I wrote. The most important part was I was writing. The whole idea is to get yourself into a habit of writing, because all of a sudden, you will be writing. I kept going, through the doubts, through the unbelief from others, and kept putting one step in front of another until one morning I was sitting at my computer and out of nowhere it suddenly occurred to me my disbelief was gone.
I felt like a writer. I was a writer. I am a writer.
My friends and family started seeing me as a writer. My life had changed. I was following my passion and most importantly, I was happy. All of it came about because I started 'just writing, everyday.' One tiny step after another got me here and now I simply focus on the next step. I encourage you to J U S T W R I T E, E V E R Y D A Y.
One last little thing, do it N O W.
You can do it.
Leonie x x x
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