Now’s the Time to Pursue Your Writing Goals

Anne Lamott Quote

In the writing world, there’s little room for fear. The moment you decide you want to be a writer, the time has come to put all self-doubt aside and simply go for it. It takes confidence, persistence and action to reach any writing goal — from finishing a draft of a manuscript to promoting your published work.

“I don’t think you have time to waste not writing because you are afraid you won’t be good at it.” 

― Anne Lamott

Most writers — no matter how talented — go through phases of writing work they’re not happy with, getting rejections, and struggling to find people who are interested in their work. It’s tough, but you might as well get started so you can move through those phases sooner.

Without jumping in and taking action to achieve your dreams, you might never even give yourself the chance to recognize your potential. You don’t need to wait for the perfect story idea to come or for the perfect opportunity to present itself. Write as much, send as many query letters, enter as many contests, network many as people… as you possibly can. The more work you put in, the faster you’ll learn what you can do. The more people you meet along the way, the more supporters you’ll have when you finally publish that book.

Don’t be shy. Starting pouring effort, energy and enthusiasm into your writing goals today. If you know in your heart that you want to be a writer, that’s the only validation you need to get started.

 
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