What I’m about to say is nothing new. I’ve been saying it for years, and I’ll say it again, because obviously, I haven’t been saying it loud enough for people to hear me. And it is this: if you want to write a book, stop talking about doing it and just write the bloody thing.
There I’ve said it.
It may come as news to some people, but books don’t write themselves. People write them. And if you’ve always harboured a desire to write, then for the love of God, stop talking and start writing. Once you start, you’ll find that the desire to write and the actual act of writing itself are two very different things. And that’s before we start getting into the dynamics of getting published.
Writing is hard work, and it is not particularly financially enriching either. The Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) 2007 report, What are words worth? calculated the annual median salary of a professional UK author aged 25-34 to be £5,000. That is why most writers have a main source of income to supplement their writing.
But, you shouldn’t let all these things concern you. You want to write? Fine, grab a keyboard (or chalk or pencil or whatever moves you), sit down and get it out of your system. When you actually finish writing your opus – as opposed to talking about finishing it – you can give yourself a pat on the back and congratulate yourself on a job well done. After all, that’s what real writers do—they start and finish their writing projects.