Look, no one likes failing.
So don’t fail. Write this year, come on, it’s not so hard as everyone always says. I’ll tell you why:
One: people always say that new things are hard at first, just so that (if it turns out badly) they can say they knew it was never going to happen from the start. These people are defeatists and their input and opinions of your life or goals should be limited, I think…
Two: Writing doesn’t take skill. At. All. It only takes the discipline to STOP, and focus your wandery little brain for less than the amount of time it takes to wash your hair when you know the hot water is going to run out. All writing takes is for you to stop doing everything else, for one minute and do only one thing: focus. Then you won’t have to think forever to find something to write, because it will find you. Clear the clutter = words flow.
Three: WE LEARN TO WRITE WHEN WE’RE FOUR! Some earlier. So don’t sit there and try to say you can’t write, because that’s not what you’re really saying.
What you’re really saying is “I can’t write a best-selling novel”
“I can’t write a poem”
“I can’t write a movie script”
“I can’t write a speech”
“I can’t write a ten page paper about crap I don’t care about”
Well, you may be correct. But if anyone ever says they can’t write in a journal, they must either be lying to themselves… or illiterate. One is fixable right now, the other only takes a fresh start and practice.
So you see: There is nothing stopping you. There is nothing hard about it other than making yourself shut up, sitting down, clearing away the negative voices for 60 seconds and getting a few words down.
Because once you start sharing parts of yourself with the page… feeling how much weight comes off your shoulders, seeing the world in a different light than before…
Trust me, you won’t soon stop.