The world is filled with thousands of aspiring authors. Yet, as each day passes by, not a single page is written to make their dreams a reality. Everyday we add new pages to our personal book of life. With each new experience lies an opportunity to grow and learn from. While learning and developing your authentic self, your story could also be documented as a way of “reflecting” on those exact experiences. When I wrote Identity From A Different Breed I didn’t know where to start. Hardly any of my peers had written books so I questioned if I would even qualify for such a task. Was this a phase that I was going through? I asked. Will I stay committed to the writing process for months at a time? Who would read it after its finished? These questions built up in my mind daily enough for me to forget the single and most important task to get started, writing. So, I conducted a little test that I was taught during my freshman year of college. That test was to think of any topic of choice, and write for 30 minutes nonstop. This meant no going back to edit, rephrase, scratch out or spell check. No editing what so ever. I had a timer next to me to keep track of time and a couple of pens in case I ran out of ink. I minimized all distractions and got started.
By writing non stop for 30 minutes, I had realized that if I could produce numerous pages of free thought on one topic for 30 minutes, I could write a book. Many forget that the most important as well as the hardest part about writing anything, is actually writing it. I can imagine when one reflects on writing a book, they picture this major project that lie ahead of them. After becoming so overwhelmed, it does turn into just that thing that you predestined it to be, a “phase” that existed fir a brief moment in your life. Then, several months down the line, you read the most profound piece of literature you have ever laid your eyes on. You watch the most exhilarating screenplay you’ve ever seen. Then you start to wonder, what have you been doing all of this time? Without a doubt, you guarantee that you could have written or produced something just as brilliant as these works, but you got in your own way because of fear of a lengthy task. The first step however is to qualify yourself. If you can get through 30 minutes, you can produce 300+ pages.
Try for yourself
Sit down, preferably in a quiet place with minimal distractions. Gather up several sheets of paper and a couple of ink pens to get started. Briefly spend 5 minutes reflecting on a topic that you would like to write on. It could be anything: yourself, career aspirations, what you learned from a book you have read, your deepest fears, anything. The possibilities are endless so don’t limit yourself. Then, get a clock or timer to keep track of time as you’re writing. Then, take a deep breath and start writing. You will find that 30 minutes is longer than you think when it comes to freehand writing. Afterwards however, by having the desire to writing a major project such as a book, you will find that this exercise was very fulfilling for you. Imagine the 30 minutes you spend doing something unproductive already. This simple task could change your perspective on the writing process or even your writing capabilities.
Remember, everyone has a story to tell so don’t fear letting your voice be heard and, write! Good luck.