The Secret of Writing


What am I missing?

This is the question I always seem to be asking myself.

What am I missing? What else do I need to know before I can do this?

No matter what I’m trying to do, I never feel ready to get started.

Maybe if I read just one more book, took another class, or completed that online course—then I would finally know enough to get started.

Planning is easy, doing is hard

Thinking about and planning to do something is easy (and fun), but actually sitting down and writing a book or painting a picture is far more difficult.

No matter what we do or where we are at in our careers, we will always have doubts. We will always be afraid that we don’t know enough to do what we want to do, or that our skills may not be up to the task.

So what’s the secret?

You simply have to find the courage to start without having all the answers in advance.

Like Neil Gaiman said, sometimes you just have to sit down at the keyboard and find a way to put one word after another until it’s done.

One word.

One brushstroke.

Then another.

It’s that easy, and that hard.

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