"But I want to write," you tell yourself. Locking yourself away you begin to write, for hours, or maybe days, but then the voices start. Maybe they are real it's your family or friends. Maybe they are the more dangerous ones, the ones inside your head. You know the ones of which I speak.
Self-doubt, fear, failure, past mistakes, why bother, and on and on the chatter. Worse yet, if you continue, then the voices inside your head ramp up the game until you give up and quit. Has that ever happened to you or am I the only one?
Writing begins with the #1 most important rule- COMMITMENT
WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT?
GET READY HERE IT COMES- BUT BE WARNED
OKAY THAT WAS MY DISCLAIMER-
IF YOUR ARE STILL HERE THEN WE PROCEED.
As an only child, I spent part of my early years growing up in Hollywood California. My imagination was allowed to run unfettered and I was a huge fan of movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Alien. I have always enjoyed adventures and science fiction with Hero's that face insurmountable odds. I have written on and off for years, but never took myself serious.
THERE IS A LESSON HERE
After commitment, being TRUE TO YOURSELF prepares you for what you are about to do.
You have chosen to become a writer and you have heard about this steep mountain known to millions of writers as, "Impossible," in an unknown country called "Surrender," whose north and south shores are touched by the most treacherous seas, "I Can't do This, and Don't Waste Your Time."
I would show you the map of where all of these pitfalls are, but there all in my head.
You approach this old grizzly looking character, he doesn't look up, but he points to an empty chair. You sit. Before you speak, he says in a gruff voice, "What do you know about writing?"
"I want to write a book. I've never done it before and I know I've got a story in me."
"You are going to die up on that mountain, most do."
"Why is that?"
"Because they're not prepared for the climb, they think it's easy. It's not, it's long hours, most of the time you hear voices and you don't know if it's the story talking to you or the devil voices."
"The devil voices?"
"YES," he screams, and everyone repeats, "The devil voices!" Then they raise their glass to the mountain.
"Go look out the window."
You stand up and as you stare through the hazy glass, you see a dark line that spans from the bottom straight up the side of the colossal mountain.
"What's that dark line?
"Oh, those are writers."
"All of them?
"What's on the other side?"
"What do you mean you don't know?"
"Those that make it, well they're the ones you could call successful. We read about them just don't hear from them that much."
"How did they make it?"
"Rumor has it, they were better prepared, plus they had some luck. Weather was good, they were diligent at learning how to climb further than most without wasting energy, became very good climbers. Tough people from what we know."
Are you ready? Are you sitting in front of your computer, or using a pad of paper and a pencil? It does not matter as long as you are ready to take up the personal challenge. Remember, it just begins with the first word on the paper. It does not have to be perfect. Begin your story.