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3 Questions to NEVER Ask Yourself Before You Start Writing

There’s something to be said about the old advice to, “Calculate the costs”, but sometimes if you look before you leap, you’ll be paralyzed with fear. The below are 3 questions you should NEVER ask yourself before you start writing your new novel.

#3 Will my story sell? – Don’t worry about the market. It’ll be there when you’re finished.

Instead ask: Will I enjoy writing the story? If you’re having fun, that’s all that matters. Write for the enjoyment of writing and you won’t care about the end dollar.

#2 Am I good enough at writing? – You can’t evaluate a blank page.

Instead ask: Am I willing to write the best I can and accept feedback? – Sure you are! Your family, friends, other writers will most likely be willing to give you their two cents for improvements. “It’s okay to write trash, as long as you edit beautifully!”

#1 Do I have the time to write a novel? – I’ll answer this one for 99% of you: No, you do not have the time. But don’t let that stop you!

Instead ask: Will I make the time to write my novel? – “If it’s important, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” If you want to make the time, you will. You will get up an hour earlier or stay up an hour later. You’ll write on your lunch break or your commute. You’ll ask your spouse to be on kid duty a few extra hours a week. You can and will make the time.


7 comments on “3 Questions to NEVER Ask Yourself Before You Start Writing

  1. The Writer's Codex
    July 28, 2012

    Perfect and true. Just the way I like it.

  2. littletash
    July 29, 2012

    Great advice!

  3. Jane Doe
    July 29, 2012

    Thank you, you two. (And everyone for their “Like”s!) Positive thinking is truly the key. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step!”

  4. emmawolf
    July 29, 2012

    Thanks for this. It really spoke to a lot of my insecurities.

    • Jane Doe
      July 30, 2012

      You are welcome, Emma. I’m here to encourage. What are you currently working on?

      • emmawolf
        July 30, 2012

        Mainly working on trying to distract myself from asking those questions… I just finished up my first novel, so I’m trying to figure out what comes next.

      • Jane Doe
        July 30, 2012

        lol. If you need any help staying distracted, I’m here! What is your first novel about? Is it available anywhere?

        (and, PS – your second novel comes next! 😉 )

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