I had a friend ask me if I think people can learn to be an author. At first, I didn’t understand the question, I mean after all, authors aren’t born with a story coming out of their ears. It takes time, experiences, and a mind to put them together.
After all, there was a time when Shakespeare was an unknown, a time when King wasn’t a household name, a time when Rowling was stuck on English welfare writing Harry Potter.
We all have a wonderful story to share, though some people do find it easier to tell. I know authors can be made, because I made myself. Years of reading and constantly striving to learn something new every day have led to the point where my collective knowledge handed me a story.
I didn’t agonize over whether or not I should write the book, was it going to be worth my while, was I going to end up losing money? I ignored my inner voices of doubt and set to work. And that’s the key to me. Anyone can learn to be an author. Anyone can find their voice for written works. Anyone can create worlds, populate them with people, and send those people on different quests. But only an author takes the time to put in the work.
Every story you read is written one word at a time, and goes through a ton of revisions before it’s complete. But you will never finish what you don’t start, and you’ll never start if you listen to doubt.