I have always wanted to write my own book and have several ideas floating around somewhere on my laptop. I’ve never gotten any further than ‘ideas’ however, because when I really think about what writing a book entails I get overwhelmed. I absolutely love to write but struggle with focus. How am I supposed to fit writing a book into my busy schedule of Facebook stalking, reading Newser and talking to strangers in Starbucks? Just not possible.
The desire to author the next bestseller was fueled even more after attending a writers conference in downtown Atlanta hosted by Skirt! Magazine. I was surrounded by an array of different women, some who shared the same aspirations as me and some that had already fulfilled them. It was then that I realized that many other writers (in fact most others) suffer the same doubts and obstacles that I do.
At this conference I was fortunate enough to meet a wonderful author, Claire Cook. You may know her from the book, and later major motion picture, Must Love Dogs. She seemed so down to earth and no question took her by surprise. I jumped on the opportunity to ask her everything that I had always wondered about writing a book; How do you choose what to write about?, Where do you begin?, How do you set goals and stay focused?
Turns out that these were all questions that she had once wondered herself and was great at answering each one.
Another author that spoke at the conference was Emily Giffin of Something Borrowed, Baby Proof and many other bestsellers. While there was no time to speak with her on a one-on-one basis the talk she gave was very helpful. She too had once mulled over the idea of writing a book and had been rejected repeatedly after finally doing so. She even shared one of her rejection letters with the audience. Now she’s jet-setting around the world promoting her many successful novels and signing autographs for her devout readers.
I can’t promise that I’ll wake up first thing in the morning, pour a cup of coffee and create the next big hit but the fire has certainly been fueled and has yet to fade away. That is why it’s going on the good ole’ bucket list!