I peruse several writer forums and on all of them, I see people looking for excuses not to write. They say they are writers, claim their book is the best idea ever. But they don’t write. Their posts are full of excuses as to why they don’t have a chance, despite their book being the next greatest story ever told. They angst over formatting, word counts, about the idea that they are so spectacular that agents and editors can’t handle them.
The easiest thing in the world is to sit back, write sometimes, and never finish your book. You can have the fun of being a writer but not have to worry about actually sending off submissions and queries. Never have to deal with the nasty grunt-work of the writing business.
Never have to listen to someone say, “Sorry, but we just aren’t that into you.”
In the end, isn’t that what all the dithering and dilly-dallying is all about? Fear of rejection. if you don’t get to the point of querying, then you can’t be rejected, right?
But here’s the catch… If you don’t let yourself get in the position to hear a no, you can’t hear a yes, either.
So, to all you ditherers out there, to all of you who have dilly-dallied safely out of rejection’s path, I say get your booty in gear. Failure may always be an option, but so is success, and you can’t achieve one without braving the other.
Shut up and write.