There's a very familiar lament you hear as a writer, and it goes like this -
"Oh, I'd love to write a book. I've always wanted to. But I just don't have the time."
It's a fair point in one way. Yes, a novel is a lot of work, even if it's a labour of love for most of us. And it does take time.
But! Try some lateral thinking and instead see it this way -
Towards the end of last year, I was doing a book talk to a group of writers in Hampshire. Afterwards, one lady, who had a very demanding full time job shared that old and oft-told refrain with me. "Oh, I'd love to write a book..." etc.
And an answer came to me that I rather liked (maybe it was the complimentary beer) -
Every year, you get to Christmas, and look back and reflect on how fast the year went... and then you resolve - "Well, next year, I will get around to writing that book."
So take the 100,000 words of that novel of yours, and stop looking at it as a thousand mile journey. Instead, imagine writing 300 words a day. That's not a lot, is it?
Keep that up, and by the time a year has passed... bingo! You've finished your novel.
I got a message from the lady in question last week. It thanked me for my tip, which was kind, but best of all...
She's now a third of the way through her book, and on course to finish it by summer.
(I do love moments like that!)
You know how often I like to quote great philosophy in these blogs. Ok, not at all, never, it's hardly my thing.
But on this one occasion, I'll leave you with a great guide for aspiring writers in the form of some wonderful words from Lao Tzu -
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".