People dream of getting a book published, and this is a great accomplishment, but the real labor is in the writing. You can have an idea for a book that will sell, and maybe a publisher will buy it, but you have to write it first. Your first book will be the hardest, trust me it is one of the most difficult things I've done. I'm not trying to brag in any way, but after my first one I wrote the second and third in under a year when the first one took over a year. I'm not saying I'm famous writer Stephen King, whose prolific production is legendary, I have one book in circulation and none of the best-sellers. Here's what I am saying: if you put the work in you will see the results.

Writer's Block

My freshmen year in college I had a roommate that constantly complained of writer's block, which I thought was a mythical creature that prevented you from touching a keyboard. Some people feel the pressure of the dreaded writer's block when they're faced with a deadline, procrastination may be thought of as bad but sometimes the last minute is when the words come to you. Late at night, in the wee hours of the morning before the deadline, that may be when you have the inspiration to write. In the Goosebumps movie R.L. Stine (played by Jack Black) writes a whole novel in a matter of hours to save the town. This is fictional but not too far from the truth of how he must have written so many books. I personally sat down and continuously wrote ten thousand words last week in one sitting. This means continuous typing at 50 wpm and only short breaks for editing. 

Inspirational Feelings 

Now I'm not just talking about books, but writing in general. If you have school work that requires it you should know that the biggest motivator is your true feelings. If you didn't like the book you were required to read and don't know what to write about it, then write how you felt about it. Your words don't always have to be a mash-up of academia that Jane Austen would applaud. They could the zany concoctions that Shakespeare would have cheered. Not all writings are literary or artistic either. If you don't know what to write about Schroedinger's cat being half-dead and half-alive write how you feel about it. If you feel that the theory of everything should be that the center of the universe is at the bottom of a lake in Ohio then write that down. There is poetry in the words of a lunatic.

A Monkey's Keyboard

A thousand monkeys on a thousand keyboards typing forever will eventually complete the entire works of Shakespeare, or so they say. These monkeys will also type several letters of hate mail to their captors and throw literal tons of feces through the air. You, however, have the civility to not throw your excrement at anyone. You aren't an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite amount of time but you can create something wonderful if you give yourself the chance. You don't even have to write a novel, in fact, all you have to do is write one thing that will make one person happy and that's enough. A heartfelt text to a loved one with some thought and attention to spelling and grammar would mean a great deal to that person. 


Published by Blake Gardner