As writers we are full of excuses, and I am no exception. If there is “good reason” for why that draft still sits unfinished, (or why it hasn’t even been started yet…) we will find it. Here are five excuses to stop making and just write that book!
1. I don’t have time.
We make time for the things that are important to us. If it’s important to you, make the time.
2. I don’t know if I can write this.
You won’t know unless you try. If it’s an idea that is close to your heart go for it. I’ve learned from personal experience that God plants certain ideas into our minds for a reason. Some stories were meant only for you to write.
3. I’m not done developing.
One of my favorite excuses. There comes a time when you need to stop researching, stop putting all those minuscule details together and just sit down and write.
4. I’ll start next week.
Code for, “never”. How any times have you and I made this statement in our heads and then Monday rolls around and we write zilch? Too many times. Start today. It doesn’t matter if today is Friday or Thursday, there is no day like today to start.
5. It’s a dumb idea.
The excuse of desperation. We’ve grown so use to making excuses for why we haven’t started for so long that know the idea has aged. We’re so familiar with it, it no longer feels appealing. Now is the time to silence that’s inner voices and remember why you loved the idea in the first place. Focus on that point and start there.
There you have it. No more excuses. Go write something today!