Dear future writer,
Someday you’re going to be a novelist. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday. Someday you’re going to be a novelist. And sure. You may not be the next J.K. Rowling or George R.R. Martin, or even the next Stephenie Meyer, but you know what? You shouldn’t aspire to be them, either. You should be your own writer. Read a lot, and find a style that’s all your own. Find characters that are all your own. Become those characters. Act out your story in real life so that you know exactly what it’s supposed to look like on paper. Stephen King wrote critically-acclaimed book about the craft of writing, and while there are many others just like this out there, I honestly don’t see the point in it. How can you read about how to be a good writer? Writing is something that you learn by doing.
So do it. Stop stalling, stop fucking around, and just do it. And always remember that there are millions of people just like you who want to write but either don’t know how to start, or are just too afraid to even consider it. Don’t be afraid. There are far scarier things out there to be afraid of. Like student loan debt, and jellyfish.
Inspired by the NaNoWriMo Time Capsule.