Updated: Oct 4
The truth is that it is not an easy task. But it is also not as difficult as brain surgery. However, here are a few of my thoughts on the process to help make your "writing adventure" a little more pleasurable.
Know What Lies Ahead
The first thing you should do is ask yourself why you want to write a book. Please know that writers, just like artists, must be able to take a good deal of criticism. Not everyone who reads your book will look upon it favorably for a variety of reasons. Authors therefore need to have a non-stick surface to their make-up. If you are the type who is overly concerned with what others think of your work, and you believe you are going to want to argue with those who give you less than a stellar review - well then writing may not be the "thing" for you. You need to remain confident in your writing no matter what another may see. It is after all an artistic endeavor and can never be looked upon objectively.
Can Anybody Be An Author?
Yes - and no. Anyone can certainly be a writer. However, if it were easy anyone could do it. Not everyone has the drive, patience and willingness to sacrifice other competing priorities in order to be a good writer. So, making sure one plans out time to write is the hardest thing to do. Unfortunately books do not write themselves. You must make a commitment in order to attempt to be a "successful" author. Additionally, you need to invest in your craft. This means you must read a lot of books, both within the genre you choose to write as well as the "business" books designed to help one become a better writer. And on top of that you will need to be a voracious consumer of videos, podcasts, and articles produced by your fellow authors. You must invest in yourself in order to produce a desirable piece of writing.
Have The Outcome In Mind
What is your realistic expectation? Meaning, if you believe you will simply sit down with no real plan and produce the next literary masterpiece - well all I can say is good luck with that! Whether you wish to be traditionally published, or self-published, you need to understand that it is extremely rare for someone to be an overnight sensation. So if your idea was to write a good novel, get booked on the national talk show circuit a week after release, and be at the top of the NY Times bestseller list after a month; then your expectations may be a tad too lofty. If on the other hand you know that your first novel not only won't be your only novel, and more than likely it won't be the best writing of your career because you are only going to get better at the craft, then I can safely state you may be poised for some success as an author.
Writing can be a fun and rewarding endeavor if you approach it with the "right" frame of reference. Everyone's goals will undoubtedly be unique to them. As long as your goals allow for incremental growth you very well could be a successful author.