Want to write? Write!

Want to write? Write!

Have you been 'waiting for inspiration' to strike you so you can get started on your first manuscript? Well, we may have a more practical approach for you!

When we read brilliantly written books/content, we don't realize that we're seeing the end result. Not the entire process!

To understand it better, think about your Instagram feed. You only post your best photo. Not the 100 other tries that lie abandoned in the gallery! Not to mention the filters, editing, and final touches you may add to your final post.

Consider another example: On his way to becoming arguably the best player in NBA history, Kobe Bryant has also missed more shots than any other player in the NBA!

So, you can't expect perfection on your very first try! The way to write and keep going is by showing up. E.g., Promise yourself that you'll sit down on a chair and not get up till you write two pages every day. Start with one paragraph. Write however you want. But write it regardless of whether you 'feel like it' or not.

Tim Ferris, the author of The 4-Hour Workweek, also says that his quota for writing is "two crappy pages a day." Most good writers write unreadable first drafts, bearable second drafts to finally end with terrific third drafts!

"Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something β€” anything β€” down on paper." - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird.