Can you write if you’re not a ‘writer’?
Meritxell Garcia Roig, author of the Art of Empathy, and kickass Gabi Garrett team member has written us one of the most important messages this blog has seen in a while.... how to actually SIT and create the magic you know your pencil wants to create.
I woke up one day and I decided I wanted to write a book. Yes! A book, crazy, right?
Enthusiasm started running through my veins as I started to think about what would be the topic of my book, how would I organize the outline but something started to grow in the back of my mind: self-doubt.
I am sure you know the tone that the voice of self-doubt uses to talk to you and how critical it is. Listen to my critical voice for a second:
- How are you going to write a book? You are not a writer!
- Writing is not easy, not everyone can write
- Are you out of your mind? This is just one of your crazy ideas that go nowhere
- You can’t write a book, you have never done this before
I catch my self-doubt voice running the show in the back of my mind but there is a stronger voice that wants to take the lead and says:
- You have never written a book before but everything is figureoutable - Marie Forleo says so and I second that!
- Writing is not a privilege, I have something to say hence I can communicate that through writing.
- I have written blog posts, articles, emails and a diary before. I am familiar with the sound the paper makes when I write with my fountain pen and I know exactly how the keyboard sounds when I am hammering the keys full of inspiration. I can write.
If I have learned something is that the voice of encouragement is the one I wanted to hear when I started to write my own book.
I had no idea how to write a book because I had never written a book before but that was the beauty of it, everything was possible. I could build it up from the ground up with my own rules, learning, struggling, falling and getting up again.
Writing is for everyone who wants to write. You only need to have your unique vision of reality or create your own reality but whatever is the genre or the piece you produce it will be unique because you did it and you are like no one else.
There is no one like you. No one can write like you do and this is the key for you to believe that no matter where you start the path the important thing is to start walking.
Writing is a path that regardless of where you start walking the importance lies in the pace, no matter how slow or fast you go, don't stop, don’t look back.
Writing is a skill we all have but what makes a writer a writer is perseverance. A writer is someone who never stopped writing and maybe that's why we idealize writers, artists or musicians, we believe there is a special place in heaven that is only for them. I used to believe that myself.
No matter how loud the voice of self-doubt is you need to make the voice of encouragement your guidance. You can do anything you set yourself up to do if you persevere and you work from encouragement and not self-defeat.
If you have been wanting to write a book for the longest time now is the new later. Start today, set up five minutes each day to sit down and create the habit of writing.
Believe me when I say if you write about something that it is in touch with your soul you will carve time out from nowhere to get this rush of having a time and a place to share a bit of you with others through words, through your experience, and through your creativity.
Be determined to get this piece of you out there that others can benefit from. Writing a book is no different than deciding to do a yoga course, learn something new, start taking piano lessons or decide to get into plant-based cooking.
As anything new we are not familiar with fit and fear is the natural reaction. We want to run away from fear because it is uncomfortable and we have many reasons from our self-doubt voice that say: You are not enough, you can’t do it.
The trick though is to use this fear to propel you forward. We all have fears. The difference lies in how we use that fear to our advantage.
What is the worst that can happen? That you write a book that won’t become a best seller? You will have written a book, this is the accomplishment. To walk through the path and give it all you have to give, learn and educate yourself, seek help, look for guidance, read other books of similar topics than yours, observe how others do it but above all Sit and Write.
If there is one thing I am certain about is that no book was finished by thinking about it. The difference between writers and those who want to write is that writers sit and write even when they don't feel like it, even when they don't know where it will take them, even when the result is not good but especially they write exactly when all the odds are against them. Because writing anytime is what makes you walk the path of writing your book.
There is always something in you waiting to be written on a piece of paper and the only thing you have to do is show up. Sit and write.