The blank page, for many writers, is one of the most intimidating things they'll ever encounter. We often think to ourselves: Will I be happy with my work? Will I be able to connect with my audience? or How do I focus? The one question that every writer asks, however, is Where do I start?
Finding a starting point is difficult. It can even be overwhelming. Not only are you overwhelmed but what if you can't get anyone to publish the book that you spent so much time and effort on. In fact, a very well known author, J.K Rowling, who is best-known for writing the Harry Potter series was denied dozens of times before getting it published.
It's totally normal to feel discouraged when writing your prized book. It's all part of the process. And I think most of us have more unfinished manuscripts than we care to admit. You can do it, don't give up.
One way to overcome this discouragement is to think about the first sentence as opposed to the final draft. Think of it as building a house. Writing is put together in a similar way— word by word and then sentence by sentence. Before you know it, you'll have a whole page. It’s not easy being a writer. And often times people take writers for granted. People, not everyone, but people don’t realize the tears, sweat, and even hard losses that a writer suffers. It took me about five years to write my book. And even so- I’m not sure if I’m gonna publish it. Five years. Five years of my life that I stressed about putting one hundred thousand words on some paper. Funny isn’t it?