Blogger: Rachel Zurakowski
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Ever dream about writing a book but never given it a try? This blog’s for you. And it’s also for those of you who have an idea that you’re too scared or too busy to write. Whether you’ve published twenty books or never put a creative word down on paper, what’s keeping you from writing the book you’ve always dreamed about?
When I tell people I’m a literary agent, many of them say to me that they would like to write a book some day. It makes me wonder why they don’t just do it. If writing a book is one of your dreams, even if you do feel inadequate in some way, wouldn’t it be better to write it–even if it’s never published–than to never have written it at all?
This brings to mind my great aunt, the one who wrote the stories I found in her closet after she had died. My great aunt didn’t die regretting that she never wrote a book. She wrote a couple. They weren’t published (she had the rejection letters to prove that she had tried), but she fulfilled her dream of being a writer. Now I get to learn about her through her stories, and I’m proud of her because she moved past her fears.
So what keeps you from writing your manuscript? Is it a fear of:
putting the time and energy into something that might never go anywhere?
falling short of your expectations for the project?
not being as good at writing that type of story as someone else?
Or perhaps it’s not just fear that holds you back. Maybe it’s lack of motivation, laziness, or busyness.
Your story is unique to you, and it will be gone unless you write it. This was illustrated for me last Friday when I went to a banquet with a friend of mine. While there I met an elderly woman who lived through WWII in Germany and finally made it to America through a series of miracles. Her story was so interesting, and someone at our table asked her if she had written down her experiences. She said she had considered it but hadn’t because she knew nobody would be interested in reading them and because her family didn’t care. Her story is going to be gone soon if she doesn’t write it down, and that’s sad to think about.
I experience fears that hold me back, too. I don’t dream of writing a book, but I have other unfulfilled dreams; so I understand where you all are coming from.
I’m a strong believer in pursuing dreams; if you have something you’ve dreamed about writing, I hope you will take the time to do so for your own fulfillment. I know you can do it. 🙂
November is National Novel Writing Month. Perhaps you want to join the novel-writing frenzy? Click here to check it out. I hear it’s fun.
Any writers want to share a note or story of encouragement to those who might take up this challenge? Are you glad you wrote your manuscript?