The Biggest Secret to Being An Author

I hear something like this pretty darn regularly when people learn I write a series:

 “I totally want to write a book! How do you do it? You work and you write books. I don’t think I could ever do that.”

 Well, you could. Absolutely, one hundred percent.


I know this to be true because I’ve done it. And if I can do it, you can do it. You just need to know the secret which I’m going to tell you right here and right now:

 You have to want it.

Like with any passion or pursuit, you have to want it more than you want the things you’ll have to give up to get it.

In my case, that has meant giving up a lot of vacation days from work, reduced time with friends and family, never having time to read books by other authors (I miss that a lot) and having very little “flex” in my schedule. I’ve also had to learn to be okay that some people don’t understand the importance of the series to me and to disregard the skepticism of some on whether or not the books are "good enough.” (If you never get anything else from me please get this: write for you! Anything, or any other readers you pick up past that, are all bonuses.)

 My day job is demanding – and so are my characters! It would be almost as hard for me to ignore Sandra and the gang as it would be for me to ignore my job and co-workers. Both are important. And so are all the other wonderful people and adventures in my life.

 There’s no getting around it: Writing a book in this busy world of ours isn't easy. It helps me when I remember that most worthwhile things are rarely described with that word.

What it is, if you’re a writer, is necessary. A writer just has to write. Like anyone with a passion. You just have to do it.

You’ve got a book in you, I know it. Probably every person does of some sort or another. Maybe it’s still just stirring but if it’s shouting  at you, let me add to the noise and say,


Grab your laptop, notepad or desktop computer and let the words flow.