The #1 Reason You’ll Never Be An Author

Posted July 3, 2014 by Amanda Shofner in Writing / 4 Comments


The number one reason you’ll never be an author is… YOU

It’s not time or writing ability or lack of money or any other reason you can throw into the fire.

It’s you. You’re the one who defeats yourself with your doubts and insecurities. It’s because you think, “This is never going to work” and “This book is so terrible” and you give up. You let your negativity become your reality.

Find a way to make it happen or shut up

One of my biggest annoyances is listening to people talk endlessly about the same activity or complaint when they never do anything about it—and it’s completely within their power to do so. If you really want to write, talking about it isn’t going to make it happen. If you’re talking, you’re not writing.

And the only way to write is to sit down and write.

I won’t say it’s easy, because it’s not. But I will say that many—probably YOU—make it harder than it needs to be. Your internal talk is filled with “I can’t”s and excuses. You’re so consumed by never making it or writing something terrible or feeling like you’re not doing it right that you’re not writing at all.

Stop making it so difficult for youself

First, there’s no right way to write. As long as you’re writing, you’re doing it right. If it takes you two years to write your book because you can only grab a few hours every now and again, you’ve still written your book. If you write something terrible, that’s what alpha or beta readers are for—they’ll help you edit the suck out.

If you’re worried about not making it and you haven’t even written anything, re-prioritize your worries.

This is your wake-up call

You can be an author. If you can stop yourself from becoming an author, you can be one too.

Take the first step by closing your mouth, putting down the writing books, and minimizing your “inspiration” Pinterest board. Then write. If you want to write, no amount of talking is going to make it happen. You have to write.

Your book isn’t in your discussions, the how-to books you read, your blog posts, or any inspirational pin. It’s in your head—and only your fingers can do the communicating.

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4 responses to “The #1 Reason You’ll Never Be An Author

  1. LOL, I’ve seen the mail about this post right in my 5min writing break (the Pomodoro technique is doing miracles for me.)

    Yes, the only way to write is to sit down and write. And once I do, even if for a little while, I feel good about myself, and I also find it easier to do (and there are better outcomes, of course.)

    So, now I’m going back to writing. But I’ll keep your peptalk/encouragement/advice in mind for days when I forget it/think that I can’t (and that happens often).

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