So you have decided to write a book. The next question I know that you’re asking is, “Now what do I do?” The answer for that is this:
A freewrite is a mind dump! It is an exercise I will always recommend due to the ability and freedom it grants a writer. It is a way to explore an idea without judgement. Without criticism. Without the fear that you don’t think it sounds right.
A freewrite should be based on the idea you want to write your book about. This tool works for fiction and non-fiction as well! The goal with this exercise is to capture your idea (no matter what it is) long enough to put it on paper or screen.
Forget the spelling mistakes. Forget grammar. Forget cohesion (for the moment. Put a pin in that–we will come back to that later). Your goal is to write down what you want to write–not what you think people want you to write. And sometimes that can be difficult! However, it is not impossible! You can do it, you must do it, one word at a time.
Quick tip: To stave off anxiety, you can set a timer for 30 minutes when you are prepared to write. Whatever you write in this time–is a win! If you feel lead to write more, reset your timer and start again.
Toni Morrison said that the book you want to read, you might just have to write.
It is with that motivation in mind, I tell you this: The fear of writing a book is normal.
I say it again: THE FEAR OF WRITING A BOOK IS NORMAL.
It is scary to put your thoughts in a place where not just you will be able to read them. It is completely valid to think you can’t, you won’t, you shouldn’t and you should abandon all thought of it! Let this month, be the hug you need to reassure–as well as the nudge forward to begin.
It’s always the scariest part right before you begin! That will never change–you just learn how to manage it!
So where are three things I want you to keep in mind which will minimize your anxiety, which will only fuel your apprehension:
1.) Recognize the fear is normal. You’re creating a new thing! That is nerve-racking! But it is normal.
2.) Realize that no book or story is written overnight. You do have time.
3.) Remember that you are in control of the story. How fast or how slow–you are the one that is flying the plane.
Good Morning! This the first day of the new year and this year will be the focus of writing your book. No matter how long you have waited to write it, to matter how scared you have been to start it! This is safe space to get encouragement to write the story you want–like you want! Consider this your friendly reminder that your book isn’t going to write itself–and you must write it.