This year, the world will hear your story. Isn’t it about time?

Learn more about TimBy this time next year, there’s a very good chance you’ll be a published author.

How do I know this? Because there’s a reason you’re reading this blog post right now. On some level, it drew enough of your attention away from what you were doing to read about why, for your writing, this coming year could easily be one of your best.

And … because you want it. You’ve wanted it for some time, but deep inside, you know the adventure is about to start—and that it’ll be worth it.

So go with what your instinct tells you, and consider these 3 reasons why you know this is your year:

1. The future is wide open. When you think about writing a novel, what do you think of? Rising early, hot beverage in hand as you cozy up in your writing nook and tap those laptop keys? Long walks in the afternoon to get some fresh air, clear your head, and get your ideas together for the next chapter? Typing “The End” … only to realize that you’ve only just begun, because now you have to go back and edit?

I don’t know about you, but all of this sounds appealing to me. The early mornings and late nights, the sudden flashes of inspiration, the endless possibilities.

Wouldn’t it be crazy if you just gave your fears the finger and wrote a novel anyway?

2. You have a feeling. That idea you’ve had rattling around in your head would probably make a pretty good novel, right? Of course, there are a thousand reasons you shouldn’t write it. The #1 most common reason I hear from writers is that they’re not sure if people will like it. (To this, I would say that while it’s an understandable feeling, you’ll never know unless you try.) Maybe you feel like you don’t have the time. Or … maybe you just don’t know where to start when writing a novel.

I’m not going to call these excuses, because I feel that doing so downplays actual fears that many writers have.

But wouldn’t it be crazy if you just gave your fears the finger and wrote the story anyway … and people just loved it? Well, believe me, much crazier things have happened.

3. It’s really about time, isn’t it? Sure, you could stay in your comfort zone and write a novel “someday.” But for most people, that day never comes. Why is this? It’s because “someday,” by its very definition, is always in the future.

Instead, set a deadline for yourself. Set a date to get started (might I suggest today?), then set a date you’d like to be finished with your novel. If you’d like me to ballpark it for you, I’d say a year is a pretty reasonable time frame for writing a novel.

Then just start writing and see where it takes you. The ChapterBuzz community is a safe place to try out ideas, attract Fans and followers, and meet other writers. And, of course, publish that novel and get it out into the world!

I’m Timothy Pike, copy editor and self-publishing coach, and I’ve been in the book business since 2014. I created the writing and reading community ChapterBuzz to help authors publish their books affordably, and founded Books & Buzz Magazine to showcase prominent authors, reviewers, and books. Join our private book society on Facebook!

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