Myth 1: Everyone has a good book in them

I can’t tell you the number of times people have wanted to talk to me about this – most often at parties after a few drinks! I’m not sure we do all dream of writing a book but I’m absolutely certain we don’t all have a good book in us!

After a short foray into writing a novel myself, I ended up feeling great admiration for those who do actually follow through and write a whole book. It’s not easily done. Just the time involved and effort of actually typing out those 100,000 words (the length of an average-sized novel) is a feat in itself, but combining it with a storyline, thought, structure and enough interest to engage a reader … well, that’s quite something.

Of course not all books are ‘good’ – not in the sense that there would be pretty general agreement that they were books of quality. But what makes a ‘good’ book? Well, I’m saving that thought for another time. Meanwhile, if you really believe you have a book in you then you probably have a yearning to write; maybe a passion for the written word. And everyone can try to write a good book. There are lots of classes and writing groups to join these days, but also perhaps keep a check on this blog for more tips, thoughts and advice on writing.

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