Tuesday 30 March 2010

Do Do Do, Don't Wait

I believe that for some, writing is like wanting to be a mother. You’ve spent your entire young adult years dying to have a baby (write), but wondering when would be the right time. Your maternal (writing) instincts are strong, perhaps stronger than average. The urge to be a mother (a writer) is all you keep thinking about, but you keep delaying it in the hope that you can fulfill all your other dreams first, and gain some experience - fulfil the dreams that aren’t quite as important, but nevertheless things that you’d like to achieve in your lifetime before you dedicate the majority of your time to being a mother (writer). Then you reach an age where you feel you’ve done everything that you’ve wanted to do and all that’s left to do is to have a baby (write your first novel). The path you chose to take, however, you now realize, has led you to an empty space. It’s only now that you realize you should have had a baby (written) first, while you did all the other things, because now you can't conceive (remember all your ideas). So, if you want to be a writer (or a mother), don't wait any longer. Start procreating NOW!


  1. I kept my granddaughter for about 5 hours on Sunday and did she ever wear me out. I don't remember my daughters ever being that active but I guess I was younger then. My granddaughter is so darn cute but,wow, maybe just sitting and writing is more the baby speed for me now.
    I will be linking to your Monday post on my Tuesday post-- thanks for the early promo.

  2. Great post! I totally agree. It took me a long time to step up to the plate and start writing my book. Now that it's almost finished, I can't believe I waited so long. I guess there's no time like the present for pursuing your dreams!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! You've got a new follower! :D

  3. When the kids left home,I replaced my womb with a pen! ;0

    I agree, if you want to achieve the writing dream, start now. It is harder to retain the knowledge that research requires as you get older.

  4. Thanks for the visit, Good luck in the challenge.


  5. There is a really good argument for biblical motherhood in that post. That - I'm sure - was not your intention, but it really made me think. I may just end up stealing your thoughts for a future sermon illustration!

    That was a great post! Thanks and really looking forward to the A2Z challenge!


  6. Wow, thanks, Trevor! No it wasn't my intention, but that's what I love about us writers. We all have the ability to delve into different worlds. And sure, steal away for your sermon! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

  7. No worries! Can't wait to read more - you've got another follower now!

    On a side note, it's cool that you're Athens. I was there 2 years ago on a missions trip working with refugees and their children. Absolutely loved it - hope to go back some day.

  8. That is so true! we shouldn't wait until we're too old to have children--er, birth books. Diving right into it is the best way to learn even if when we make mistakes.
    Great post. :)

  9. Excellent comparison. I have felt the desire for both, and they are equally strong, though for different reasons.

    Great advice to get out there and DO!

  10. Good comparison.

    Only difference is, it takes a lot more "partners" to make a book than a baby. (At least in the typical scenario).

    But it's a good point. You don't gain anything by waiting (unless you're only fourteen -- and then you should probably wait a little before attempting either)

  11. Thanks everyone for your comments. I really appreciate them :)

    Tracy, LOL, yes well, I'd have to agree with you completely!

  12. I had my first baby when I was 21. I never had a chance to put him off. lol. I actually didn't think much about writing until I was in my 30s and got a computer.

    I had to wait until my kids were all old enough to give me a few moments free time. That was about five years ago.


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