Do, or do not.

Today’s quote:

“Do, or do not. There is no try.”

Yoda in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Fact: Many people would like to write a book.

Fact: Few people actually start writing a book.

Fact: Very few people actually finish writing a book.

Fact: Of those that finish writing a book, very few get published.

Like Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, people have a go. They try to write a book, not realising the long journey on which they have embarked. When the going gets tough, they give up. So many give up so easily.

You cannot “try” to write a book. You must do it, or not. If you don’t have the persistence, don’t even start.

Harsh words, yes, but that is the reality.

Good writing.

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2 Responses to “Do, or do not.”

  1. Ken Rolph says:

    I’ve just been catching up on reading my old copies of Australian Author. There was an article about a writer talking of the kinds of things she gets asked at work. She said that many people ask how they could get published. She says they should write a book, but that doesn’t seem to interest them. I suspect what these people want to know is, how can I become a writer (without that annoying bit of writing something).

  2. Trevor says:

    Thanks for this Ken. You are right – so many people want to “have written” without all that tedious typing, editing, proofreading and submission business. It is the same mentality that makes lotteries so popular; people want wealth without work.