start small, START BIG – Just Start (from writer, Billie Miller)
EXCERPT FROM THE “BILLIE WRITES” BLOG:
I had to walk ‘in’ faith in order to walk ‘out’ of the job. Stepping out of the workplace required stepping out in faith. I put in my notice and quit my job to pursue my vision. Was there any fear? Sure there was. But fear comes with pursuing your vision and chasing your dreams. Why? Because your vision, your dreams, the life that you want is just outside of your comfort zone. So here I was. I didn’t have a job. I didn’t have a prospect job. And I didn’t have much money. But one thing I know I had for sure. I had plenty of ‘time’.
I needed to take advantage of all of this extra time. I didn’t want to waste it. When you don’t plan for your increase, the world finds a way to plan it for you. In other words, before I start using my time for something else, let me dedicate my time for writing.
“You don’t need to have much to start. You just need to start with what you have.”
~ Billie Miller, www.TheWordisYourLife.com
So I sat down to write. This shouldn’t be a problem, because I was already writing Newsletters to some of my partners. But when I sat down to write the book, it seemed to be difficult. All of a sudden, for the first time, writing was hard. And the little paragraph that I wrote was horrible. I couldn’t understand why. Then God revealed it to me. I had to get a revelation that there’s a big difference between ‘writing’ and ‘editing’. The reason that many people put off writing is because they’re trying to ‘write’ and ‘edit’ at the same time. This will never work! This will cause you to procrastinate. You’ll say for years, “Yes, I’m going to write a book…” but never put anything down on paper. You just need to start ‘writing’. You can’t worry about correct grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, correct spelling, etc. You just need to start filling the pages. And once you fill the pages up, then you can go back and ‘edit’. Judging yourself while writing can be one of your biggest hindrances. Just write freely, then go back and put the pieces together.
“Writing has to come first.”
~ Sue Grafton
So that’s what I did. I dedicated three hours a day to writing. Sometimes I would write for an hour and a half, take a 30 minute break, then edit for the last hour. Sometimes I would just write for the whole three hours. The most important thing was I got started. What about you? How long have you been saying that you’re going to write a book? Have you started writing it yet? You may be thinking, “But Billie, I don’t have three hours to write…” Then dedicate two hours; dedicate one hour; dedicate 30 minutes…you just need to start. start small, START BIG – Just Start.