Starting to write your novel—what could be sexier?

So you write. Lots of people write.

And you blog. Even more people blog.

And you want to write a novel. Tons of people want to write a novel.

But here’s where you stand out—you’re willing to take the first step.

Ah, now you’re in an elite group. They say that 80% of success is just showing up, and I know this to be true.

Sure, it seems like nowadays with self-publishing being more accessible than ever, everyone and their dog has published a book. But that’s not the case at all. Yes, there are lots of books out there, but none would have been completed without some writer somewhere saying, “No more excuses, I’m going to start writing my book. Today!” And that grab-life-by-the-horns attitude is rarer than you think.

But get this: telling yourself you’re going to start is actually the second step.

The first?

I’ll let Allison Conway, who runs a blog all about the power of new beginnings, explain the very first step:

We’re told “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” And that is very good and sexy and brazen indeed.

But it’s also deceiving in a way that it doesn’t mean to be. It implies that the beginning of a thing—an adventure, a poem, a business, a painting, a recovery, a diet—is the first forward movement. A step: something demonstrated, something the world can watch, that we can all see, evaluate, measure.

But the real beginning is invisible.

The real beginning is a mindset. It’s a change of mind from one that says “Maybe tomorrow.” or “Not right now.” to a mind that says “Yes. I accept.”

It’s the decision to trust in something and follow it without knowing exactly where it will lead.

The beginning is the minute you decide that it’s time.

[Read the rest here]

This is from an article where Allison argues that “beginners make better art because they willingly, openly accept an invitation into the unknown.”

Sound like you? If you’re ready and willing to step forward, to begin the adventure of a lifetime, and make better art, you just need to look past your inhibitions, smash through your fears and tell yourself, “I will begin today.”

And guess what? That powerful mind shift will create an energy flow, allowing you to step out of stagnant waters and move forward with your masterpiece.

Start now with #365daynovel. You’ll start with Day 1, and work your way to Day 365, learning and writing along the way.

Here’s to new beginnings!

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