I can think of a billion reasons why I have not sold a novel or taken over the literary world. Is it because I am bad? Lazy? I don’t think so. It’s because I constantly throw stupid hurdles in my path just like you.
They’re called excuses.
- I’m too tired.
- The yard needs raking.
- I don’t have a good idea yet.
- I’m waiting for inspiration to strike!
- I have to do laundry.
- I can never been like xyz writer. So why bother?
- I’m bad at grammar.
- I’m not smart enough.
- My novel is terrible.
- I just don’t have enough/adequate time.
Some of these are responsibilities. You should see my yard. It needs raking.
But why is it so easy to create this list?
I believe, if we are honest, we are the ones permitting ourselves to stop pursing our dreams. Whether you want to be a novelist or news anchor, it’s so much easier making excuses or finding other things to do.
But if it is the thing we love, the thing we long for and maybe even hold inside because we are too worried about what people with think or say if we uttered it aloud, we must stop this excuse business. Stop it now.
It’s up to you my friend. Are you going to keep making excuses or go and get the life you want?
I’m going to publish books.