It’s an innate desire most people possess.
In fact, previous research revealed that 81% of Americans believe they “have a book in them.” Not only do most people desire to write a book. Many people write books every year to the tune of nearly 1.5 million books (new titles and non-traditional) published in 2013.
Most people have a desire to tell a story, to share an idea, or make people laugh. And writing happens to be one of the best means available to help people to express the desires of their heart.
Writing is similar to having a desire for food. It is a desire you cannot satisfy until you fulfill its cravings. “Writing is like a ‘lust,’ or like ‘scratching when you itch,’” remarked C.S. Lewis during his final interview. He went on to say, “Writing comes as a result of a very strong impulse, and when it does come, I for one must get it out.”
Most people possess a desire to write to one degree or another. But many of these people never act upon their desire. I know there are a variety of reasons why this is the case, but I think it boils down to just one thing: fear. The fear of not being able to express yourself well, the fear of not having something worth sharing, or the fear of what others will think.
And I totally get this, too. I have a tremendous fear of writing. I have to punch fear in the face every time I sit down to write, edit, and publishing anything.
But over the years I’ve been able to overcome my fear of writing.
It wasn’t something I actually planned to do one day by drafting a master plan in how I could take over the world one word at a time. It was something that gradually happened over the years.
After reflecting upon my experience and the experience of others, I believe there are two essential writing hacks that newbie writers cannot afford to overlook. There are many writing hacks you can utilize to help develop your writing abilities. But the two writing hacks below cannot be avoided in your journey to becoming a writer.