Dear Aspiring Authors

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

To all aspiring authors out there:

You’ve got dreams, big dreams. Some days they seem so out of reach. But if there’s one thing I want you to not only promise me, but promise yourself:

Don’t give up on your dreams.

Stop calling yourself “aspiring” and just write. You are an author if you say you are.

That entire paragraph/scene/chapter you just deleted? It was good enough. Sure, maybe it needed a bit of tweaking, but it wasn’t as bad as you think. Stop being so hard on yourself; stop doubting your abilities.

I know it feels like you’ll never be good enough to write. Maybe you’ve been doubting yourself too much to finally write that novel that’s been brewing in the back of your mind for the last three years. But believe me when I say we, as writers, all feel that way. We wonder if that novel we just finished should be in the trash bin instead, or maybe we should have written that one part differently. There will always be moments of doubt, but just remember: you are good enough.

You will always find ways to improve your craft, and you should always be looking for those ways to improve. Take a class, attend a workshop, join that critique group, find a writing buddy. We’re all in this together as writers.

So take that plunge and write that novel you’ve always wanted to write. Make time to write. Believe in yourself as a writer and know that you can do it. Besides, of all the people you know, how many can say they’ve written a novel?

Your fellow author, Allison

Today’s post was inspired by this post on The Mighty!


5 thoughts on “Dear Aspiring Authors

  1. Those are some wonderful inspirational words 🙂 Writing can be hard and without recognition so hearing positivity from your post really helps.


    • I feel like only calling yourself “aspiring” as an author gives the sense that one isn’t good enough to be a real author. You are if you say you are!


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