“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at nine o’clock every morning.”

Some attribute this quote to William Faulkner, others disagree. But regardless of who said it, it contains several layers of meaning that we writers can learn from.

When it comes to your novel, you’re right on the verge. You’ve been tossing ideas around in your head for quite some time now—letting them percolate, roll around, and soak in, hoping they’ll develop into a story. Only then, you tell yourself, will you start writing.

In other words, you’re waiting for inspiration.

Unfortunately, that’s not how writing works, at least when you take it beyond the hobby level. And that’s exactly what you’ll be doing as you embark on the journey from writing enthusiast to what you’ve always wanted to be: an author. Of a published book.

But it’s a job. Are you prepared for that?

As author John Grisham advises:

Write at least one page every day, without fail. If you’re trying to write a book, and you’re not writing at least one page a day, then the book is not going to get written.

Source: http://kendrakinnison.com/johngrisham

And that’s how he did it. He balanced his day job as an attorney with his writing pursuit by forcing himself to start writing, coffee in hand, by five thirty every morning. A few hours later, before rushing off to fulfill his lawyerly duties, he’d have written at least one page.

The lesson here? Your book ain’t gonna write itself.

That being said, you will want to spend some time planning your novel before starting to write it. But you still have to possess that Grisham-like dedication, even in the planning stage.

#365daynovel, my step-a-day approach to writing a novel, is a self-paced learning program that devotes the first 44 days to planning. What you end up with, by Day 365, is a published novel—and a fan base that can’t wait to buy it.

Learn more about #365daynovel

Is there anything holding you back from taking that first step? I’d love to hear your comments.


5 thoughts on ““I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at nine o’clock every morning.”

  1. Very true. Inspiration usually strikes me when I’m actually writing – it’s then that the creative juices start flowing and ideas pop into my head. If you want to run a marathon, you have to actually start running.


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