So what’s the roadmap for getting your book completed?
Step 1: start the car!
The first step in writing is sitting down to write.
You don't always want to make the drive to the store but the destination has something you want. To get there you have to get your butt behind the wheel and drive. Instead of a car, your transportation is a keyboard (or paper and pencil as I did with my first book), and the driver’s seat becomes that at your workstation. Whether it be a wooden chair at the kitchen table, a leather executive swivel chair at a writing desk, an Adirondack in the back yard, or even standing at a window sill (been there). Oh, and somewriters consider coffee and chocolate to be the gas.
Step 2: drive!
The next step is driving the miles, regardless of how far or difficult it is.
Usually, the drive to the store is short, direct, and without much trouble. A writer’s journey is long, comes with many turns, lots of construction zones, detours, stops, and occasional vehicle break downs.
Step 3: keep driving!
This is a continuation of the prior step.
Occasionally, you may lose your way. If lost, ask for directions. There are many writing groups and other authors that can provide help. One organization that helped me is the International Writers Association.
The more you drive the better you driver you become, same can be said for writing.
It doesn't matter if you drive 15 miles an hour the whole way in a beat-up VW bug, use the Autobahn in a Lamborghini, or take public transportation. All that counts is that you arrive at your destination, Publishland, as an author.
The only true obstacle from moving from a writer to being an author is your dedication. Some stories take decades to write. Just remember to keep writing!
Richard E Todd, author of The Golf Rules series and Short Stories from the Long Links, has been heard on the PGA Tour radio station and seen in On The Green magazine. Contact him at Richard@TheGolfRules.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wordpress and at www.TheGolfRules.com .