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  • Writer's pictureTalbot Finch

6. There’s a million reasons not to write.

There’s no shortage of reasons why one shouldn’t write. I don’t have time. No one will read it anyway. I’m not a good enough writer. I’ve really been meaning to organize the tupperware… Finding the time and determination to push forward with a writing project is not an easy task. However, there is a solution to all overcome of these doubts and hurdles: Do it anyway.

I know that sounds harsh and dismissive, but I say it because the truth is that there will never be the perfect time to start writing. There will always be a reason to put it off until tomorrow. But, once you begin writing and press forward with your project, you will find that the challenges feel smaller. Eventually, once you have momentum, you will find that nothing in the world can stop you from writing.

Obviously the hardest part is getting started. If you’re anything like me, the tiniest bit of resistance is enough to stomp out whatever motivation you may have. That said, make writing as easy on yourself as possible. You might feel like you need to have a perfect office setup to start writing, but you don’t. You can write an entire novel with your phone, sitting on the couch in the evenings. You might think you need a minimum number of free hours in the day to sit down and start writing, but you can chip away at your project in 10-minute increments whenever you find spare time.

Pinpoint the hurdles that make you feel discouraged and spend time looking at them from a different perspective. Oftentimes, you’ll find that the limitations holding you back are, in fact, self-imposed. Get a little creative with your resources and set reasonable expectations. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

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