Sunday, August 1, 2021

Does Every Author Have What It Takes?


After recently reading a book, Everyone Has What It Takes: A Writer’s Guide to the End of Self-Doubt, I felt inspired by author William Kenower’s words. It sparks a question: Does every writer really have what it takes to write, publish, and promote a book?


He talks about how writing is rewarding, that the very act of creating and sharing is fulfilling. It’s an art and every writer enjoys creating. They also enjoy an audience and compensation. So, how does an author overcome fear, insecurity, and self-doubt? 


Kenower claims: “Ability alone has little to do with what we call success.”  But he says the key to your success: “Is your curiosity – the unique, inherent, ceaseless mechanism of your interest.”


He says: “The time to write is now.” He’s correct. Don’t let today’s opportunities pass you by. Seize the moment to create, publish, and market your work.


Sure, the craft of writing is filled with obstacles and challenges, so you burdening yourself with crazy expectations, unnecessary comparisons, unrealistic standards, or unusual pressures will not force you to be successful. Remove the albatross and let your writing flow freely to wherever it is destined to take you. 


Writers have many sit in judgment of them, starting with themselves, friends, and loved ones. Then you have the judgment of:


·         Readers

·         Bookstore owners

·         Publishers

·         Libraries

·         Literary agents

·         Editors

·         Reviewers


Forget about all of that. Just write what feels natural and important and enjoyable to you. Those who judge will judge, but do your part by taking practical steps to make your book the best it can be.


Below are several excerpts from Kenower’s insightful look at the world of writing and writers:

Excerpt 1

“How do you write a book? First, you find an idea you’re interested in. Without that, you have nothing. Without that character that speaks to you, without that “What if”, without the idea that wakes you up at night, you have no seed to plant from which the story grows. For me that idea was the relationship between creativity and happiness, that these two things were inexorably linked for everyone, whether they were writers or plumbers.”


Excerpt 2

“What if everyone has what it takes? So much of writing and creativity is about asking yourself compelling questions. What if I could fly? Why does my hero love that girl? Why did I feel estranged from my father? These are the kinds of questions from which stories are born, the kinds of questions we ask and answer and ask and answer as we wind our way sentence by sentence or stanza by stanza through our day’s work. The better and more interesting the question and the more clearly the question is framed the better the answer, the better the work.”


Excerpt 3

“And if you’re writer, you live for acceptance in some way. Practically speaking, you must. You can’t have a writing career without it. Someone out there has to like your stuff, from agents, to editors, to reviewers, to readers. That acceptance from others is an experience that begins at home. The only way to write a story that will find a publisher or a readership is for the writer to first value the experience of writing that story, to value the experience of discovering the idea, and of giving that idea shape, of finding the right words and removing the wrong ones. If the writer does not accept that this experience matters, that it is worthy of his full attention, then he will not find the full story. Instead, he’ll offer up some half-written, pre-rejected version of it.  In other words, you must first decide an experience you enjoy, you find interesting, you find meaningful, is valuable simply because you find it interesting and meaningful.”


Excerpt 4

“Every writer wants, in theory, to share his or her work, to publish and get paid and experience the unique magic of seeing something we created in the sovereignty of our imagination inspire or entertain or inform a perfect stranger. But a great many writers worry that what seems so lovely and interesting and valuable in their imagination will be seen as dull and flat and valueless when exposed to the unforgiving attention of those same perfect strangers. Our stories, like children, are safe in our minds; the world of public opinion can seem far less safe. Anything can happen to a story when someone else reads it. It can be loved or ridiculed, embraced or rejected.”


Excerpt 5

“Every job, every relationship, every story we will tell begins within us, in a realm only we can possibly perceive. The only difference between retreating from life and full engagement with life is understanding that our imaginations are not a refuge from an unfriendly world, but the source for creating the world in which we would most like to live.”


Excerpt 6

“What we call failure is really just resistance. We are resisting what comes next. We are resisting our natural selves, our natural ability to receive new ideas and take new directions. Resistance is uncomfortable and depressing and hopeless. But it also takes effort. Most of the time, we drop our resistance eventually. Sometimes, however, we don’t. There are people who hold on to their resistance right up until their death. This does not mean they were incapable of dropping that resistance, just that they didn’t. I reject the notion anyone is incapable of dropping their resistance. If I am the one holding it, I can drop it. New ideas, new stories, new life will come.”


Excerpt 7

“The only way to understand someone is to see yourself in them, to see where you overlap, which is always in love and fear and grief and happiness. It’s not so hard; it’s always there. Which is why writers and actors can seem to become other people because they weren’t ever really themselves in the first place.”


Excerpt 8

“So write the story you love. If you love it, you have what it takes to write it. Period. You may think you need more than that, but you don’t. Love will teach you how to write it, will teach you the craft, will teach you how it begins and ends. Let that story be filled with drama and problems and conflicts. You’re the author and you love those conflicts and problems. You love them because they teach your hero what he or she needs to learn and because you know they’re not real. The reality is the ending, when the problem is solved, when the conflict is over, and now the hero is ready to live life as it was meant to be lived.”


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