What’s Stopping You, Idiot?
By Daniel Dark
When I was young, writing things down was part of me, but the mechanics of it never came
easy. When I was in high school, one of my English teachers asked me if she could include one of my
school assignments in a book she was doing. Not that it was by any means done correctly, it had
content that she liked.
To this day, I still don’t know if it was ever published. In college, I failed English
Composition three times. Like I said, English was not easy for me. In all the world I would have been
voted most likely not to be an author.
Yes I have had things printed in magazines, news papers, and on blogs. But a novel? Me? What right do I have writing a novel?
The truth is none and every.
Do I have stories that have lived in my head for years? Yes, we all do. When I started my first novel did I have a clue of what I was doing or how hard it would be? Not a one. But I told myself, what’s stopping you, idiot?
There was no one or nothing stopping me but me. When my first novel comes out I will be two months from sixty years old and in the company of great authors in history.
So, what I’m asking you today is: What’s stopping you?
The sooner you start, the more you can do, and who knows where you can take people. Enjoy the journey. It only takes a first step.