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So what if you’ve always had that idea to write a novel? Big deal if the fabulous life events of a family member ought to be recorded for posterity in a book?

Nobody actually wants to read any book you could write, right? You haven’t written anything of that nature for years – not since you were in school. You don’t have the wit of Stephen Fry, or his vocabulary, come to that. Do you really think you could write enough? Books need to have thousands and thousands of words in them! Not to mention the effect it would have on your family and social life: everybody knows writers are loners; in fact, they mostly live tragic, isolated lives in a cold cottage somewhere on a blasted heath.

Actually, no.

How do you know nobody would want to read it? If the story grips your imagination, chances are it would grab other people’s imagination too.

School may be a long time ago (longer for some of us than for others!), but who says that learning stops when you leave formal education? School isn’t a place where all the knowledge and skills we could ever use are downloaded to our hard drives – it’s a place where we learn how to learn for the rest of our lives.

Why are you comparing your words with the words of other people? Of course you’re not Stephen Fry! Or Philippa Gregory. Or J.K. Rowling. Or… anyone else who isn’t you. Your voice is uniquely yours.

Why should you have to write a full length novel or memoir straight off? I mean, you could if you wanted to, but who’s to say that you couldn’t write some short stories first to find your style and build your confidence? Also, the emergence of the modern self-publishing industry means that you’re not tied to the word count restrictions of traditional publishers.

There is no need to give up all human interaction, either. Time to focus and get the writing done is valuable, but being part of a writing community where you can find opinions, advice and information is easier than ever in the online world.

If you would like to join my mailing list to be first to find out about Need Words’ online membership site for writers of fiction and creative non-fiction which launches next month, including the special introductory offer, drop me a line at deanne@bestbookyoucan.com