Before I started this blog, I was reluctant to call myself a writer. I didn’t go to school for writing, and other than writing proposals and email, I wasn’t sharing or publishing. I was journaling, dreaming about writing, and starting books, but never getting very far.
Even when I started Be More with Less, I didn’t think of myself as a writer. I called myself a blogger, and a consultant and was confident in some of my abilities, but not writing. Today, just over 4 years later, writing is the most important thing I do for my work. It’s how I connect with you, how I solve problems, and how I see the world. I’ve written a few books, hundreds of blog posts, courses, and other material for my business and for clients.
Long before I started a blog, even when I was working full-time in sales and marketing, I had dreams of writing a book, but never took action because …
- I didn’t think I was qualified
- I was scared
- I didn’t have time
Those reasons are why I didn’t start a lot of things when I wanted to. I still fall into the trap of thinking I don’t know enough, or won’t be good enough, but practice has helped me to jump in more quickly. I’ve realized that I don’t need to know it all, and that getting started is usually the hardest part of any endeavor.
If you wait to start until you figure it all out, you’ll never get started, because figuring it all out never ends.
Becoming a writer or anything else that you want to be is in the practice. At first the practice might only be 5 minutes a day, and then longer when you carve out more time. Keep coming back to the practice.
There is nothing you have to do to become a writer other than writing.
Those 3 things I know about becoming a writer apply to almost anything else you want to become, and so does this: You are good enough and it’s not too late to start.
Tammy Strobel and I created Writerly, a live writing course happening in Salt Lake City at the end of September. If you are working on a book, or dream about writing one, this will help. We won’t be teaching you how to spell or where to put the commas, but we are looking forward to helping you with …
- daily writing routines
- fighting fear and procrastination as a writer
- traditional and self-publishing
- selling with Amazon and KDP Select
- using affiliates to sell your book
- how to connect with other writers and authors
- getting social (even as an introvert)
- writing a book proposal
- what to look for in an agent
- why you need a blog
- creating a platform to support your work
If you are interested in learning more, visit the Writerly page. If you can’t make it to our Salt Lake City event, we may announce other locations in 2015.
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