Remember when you were little and you were told that you could do whatever you set your mind to? You believed that you were going to be an astronaut jumping from crater to crater on the moon. You saw yourself wearing a beautiful ballerina costume and dancing like a butterfly on stage in front of rows and rows of people.
Maybe you never took a ride on the shuttle or performed Swan Lake in a grand theater, but as children we have magnificent imaginations, and in our playtime, we really did do those things that we imagined. No one could tell us different.
Now as an adult, you can still do whatever you set your mind to. And just like when you were a child, no one can tell you that you cannot write a book. Anyone can write a book. That does not exclude but includes YOU! Maybe it won’t be a great American novel, but it will be yours and that is a treasure to be cherished. Maybe it won’t be distributed all around the world, but it could be passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom.
Now say it out loud: “I CAN WRITE A BOOK!!!!”
Here is what you need to write:1. Determination
As long as you are determined, then you can write a novel.
2. Pen and Paper
At the least you need pen and paper to write. Microsoft Word is important if you want to submit your book for publication.
Inspiration comes in many forms such as books and art. For me, its music.
4. A source for advice
Blogs, books, other writers.
5. Senses, Thoughts, Emotions
You need to get in touch with your senses (sight, tough, taste, hear, smell), thoughts and Emotions to write vivid prose and realistic characters.
And guess what? You do not need a degree in literature to write a book, because a degree does not prove that you are a good writer; your writing does. It also doesn’t prove your passionate or dedicated; writing and never giving up does that. And a degree may not even teach you how to write. You can hone your skills and grow as a writer without pursuing a degree. You don’t even need a high school diploma! Having a GED (as I do) does not mean that you’re not as good as New York Times Best-Sellers.
I repeat, you do not need authorization to write a book AND you do not need a degree as proof that you are a good writer. Of course, if you want a degree in literature, that is your right. Go for it!
Now say it again and say it with pride: “I CAN WRITE A BOOK!!!!”
QUESTION: What are your dreams for writing? Where do you hope you are in five years?