The goal of anyone who wants to write, I mean REALLY write, is to see their work in book form. Yes, I know about the Kindle, Nook, and iPad readers and those are great but those of us who have wanted to write since we could walk think there is nothing greater than holding the book we wrote in our hands. Feeling the pages, seeing the words in physical form. That’s the stuff our dreams are made of. Am I right?
But the road to authorship is often filled with obstacles, pitfalls, and big bad wolves. Are we strong enough to fight our way through all those scary things (including our own self-doubt) to reach our goal? Can we sit in the shadows of rejection and keep toiling on until someone gives us a shot at publication, or until we take matters into our own hands and self publish?
Think you’re cut out to be an author? Take this quiz and see:
- Do you have an active imagination? The kind that keeps you up at night and makes people think you are from another planet?
- Would you rather read a book than go to a party, watch TV, or take a shower?
- Are the most interesting people you meet imaginary people in your head and would you rather be with them than actual people in real life?
- Do you ever pick up a non-fiction book and think to yourself, I could have written a better book?
- Have you ever experienced something that shifted your perspective, your ideas, and radically changed your life, and you want to share it with the world?
- Does your love of the written word ever make you happy to be alive?
- Do you care more about getting your writing done than eating, sleeping, or making any actual money?
- Do you have notebooks filled with ideas, characters, or stories that you can’t stop thinking about?
- Do you think good grammar is sexy?
- When someone tells you that you can’t do something, does that make you want to do it even more?
If you answered “yes” to more than six questions above then you just may be an author. If you haven’t written and published a book yet, what are you waiting for?!
If you answered “no” to more than six questions above then you probably haven’t read enough good books. I suggest you promptly head to the library, find any books written by Neil Gaiman, John Greene, David Sedaris, Malcolm Gladwell, Anne Lamott, Amy Tan, Mary Karr, and Alice Sebold (This is just a short list to get you started), and read them ASAP!