So, here's the question put forth this week: What do you want to tell someone who says 'I always wanted to write a book'?
My answer is always, YES DO IT. DOOOOOOO ITTTTT.
Yeah, I'm not subtle about it.
And this is because I'm well aware that the world at large, not to mention those ugly voices that whisper in the night, is constantly sending a message that it can't be done. That YOU cannot do it. DON'T EVEN TRY.
I'm not about that. I want you to do it. I want you to try. I want you to point to the damn bleachers and then swing as hard as you can so you'll crack that baby out of the park.
I've got an old friend from High School who recently got back in touch, and that's largely because he saw that I have a whole mess of books out there and he was all, "Well, damn, Marshall actually did it. I always wanted to do it." AND NOW HE IS. He's pretty much got a completed draft and he's doing the research in the business end and asking the right questions and I COULD NOT BE PROUDER.
That's a big reason why I've made a point of working things like the ArmadilloCon Writers Workshop and the Writers League of Texas Conference. Because I know that this "writing a book" thing is a brutal goddamn marathon and the least I can do is be there with water every few miles.
So you think you wanna do it?
I do do it. But I get messages, even if only implied which they normally are, that I'm probably not going to make it. (And I have made it.) But it's not about probably, it's about doing what you want and what feels good. The ones who say that they've always wanted to write a book often fall uder two categories: either they're too insecure to do it or they really don't want to write a book. If it's the former then they need to put the "real" world's thoughts aside and write the book because it's probably what they're meant to do.
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