Getting back to writing.
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There’s been a book in my head for years, this constant storyline that keeps replaying when I get lost in my own thoughts. I even tried to write it once but I let work and other things get in the way. Now I’ve had some time on my hands and remembered how much I love writing, I’m thinking about re-visiting that storyline. Maybe getting back to writing.

It’s always been a dream of mine to write a book. I’ve always had this image in my head of being a published author. It’s the one constant thing I’ve always been drawn to but with work always taking precedent it’s something I’ve never gotten around to really doing.

I did once upon a time write a good chunk of a different book, and to this day have no idea what happened to all of that work. I think it’s on a old laptop (I keep them…) I’ll have to find a charger and go digging through old files and see if it’s actually still there. But it was a good 200 pages of a really rough unedited draft.

edit. I found it!! It was really really rough, and needs a lot of work to go anywhere but I did write it 7 years ago and I’m glad I found it. But 160 pages is a good place to start and I think I’m going to try and work with it. (It needs A LOT of work)

I suppose there’s a sense of anxiety surrounding this dream, you put all the work and effort into writing your WIP, and then what? What do you do if no one likes it? What happens if “insert scenario here?” is something that has always plagued creative endeavours.

They say if you want something hard enough, you’ll find a way to do it. So I’m writing this post to ask the obvious question to those of you in the same position.

What are you doing to make this a reality? What sacrifices have you made to turn a dream into a reality? Is it all worth it?

I’m sure one day I accomplish this dream, whether it’s now or in a short while, who knows? But I can’t go the rest of time without getting this book out of my head and onto some sort of page.

For all of you with a #WIP. I’m sending you all the luck I can muster. Congratulations on making a start on achieving your dreams. I might be with you soon.

Take care, stay safe.

James. aka Anothermaleblogger.

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This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Jaclyn

    I have the same dream James! And like you I’ve started but not finished one yet. Although I haven’t written as many pages as you. Part of the reason for starting my blog was to get me back into the writing mindset.

    You should definitely go for it! And it sounds like you’ve already got a good foundation to work on from the pages you found on the old laptop.

    I look forward to buying your book one day!!

    1. It’s going to take a lot of work to re-master what I’ve already written, but I’m hoping I can make something out of it. Thanks for the comment and the support. I look forward to buying yours too!!

  2. Stuart Danker

    I took the most cliched road of quitting my cushy day job to write a novel. Not really the wisest choice, being from Malaysia. But my novel got longlisted for a competition, and is subsequently in the process of getting published. I thought no one would even want to care about my drivel, and was very pessimistic the entire time I wrote it, but had I listened to that voice, I never would’ve gotten published.

    So my only advice to you is to just do it. Anything could—or could not—happen once you finish your manuscript, but the only way for you to know is to just do it.

    1. Thanks for the advice! I won’t be leaving my job anytime soon but I’ll definitely start working on it. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment 🙂 I’ll battle through the pessimism

  3. Lucy

    You always need to listen to that voice in your head telling you to go after your dreams! No matter how big or small you have them for a reason and you need to pursue them. Best of luck with it James! I believe you’ll do it.

  4. middleagefanclub

    Keep plugging away. Follow that storyline and keep writing.

  5. Lauren

    Ooo this is exciting! You definitely need to pursue your dream. Wishing you lots of luck with your book!

    Lauren |


    It’s really a lot of hard work to write a story and then coming out of the constant thought of whether people will like it or not can be extremely tough.

  7. arianasuero

    I think by reading you, that writing is part of you, part of who you are: Let your story come to life! Go for it!

  8. Keith V.

    Go for it. I’ve worked on a book for quite some time, but necessary stops just killed my momentum and threw me for a loop. This post is inspiring me to get back on track. Time to start re-mastering as well!!!

  9. Rayo

    Go for it, listen to that voice in your head. Best of luck!

  10. Definitely go for it! If that story line has been staying with you this long, I’d say that it’s a sign. This is a great time to reconsider our goals and dreams, and if being an author is a dream, you’ve got this! Keep us all updated on your progress along the way.

  11. danieljnickolas

    I’m actually in a very similar place with my writing, so stay encouraged, stay motivated, and commit to writing for at least a little bit everyday. It’s possible.

    And don’t worry about that first draft needing a lot of work. All first drafts do; if they didn’t, we wouldn’t call them “drafts” we’d call them “done.” (And anyway, editing is where the real fun begins).

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