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It’s Time to Discover the Right Time for Your Writing Career

The right time.

You’ve waited for it. And if we’re honest, we’ve all waited for it. Perhaps it will happen this coming new year!

Some never stop waiting for the right time: To write a book. To query an agent. To start a blog. To call themselves a writer.

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The clock keeps ticking. Tick tock. Tick tock.

Waiting.

The reality is you’re never going to feel 100% confident.

Your book is never going to be perfect. No matter how many times you and your editors go over it.

You’re never going to be certain of what you’re waiting to be certain of. Never. Even when you think you are, you won’t be. Not really.

Your story will always have flaws. Just like your characters. Just like you.

And you know what? That’s okay. Really. It’s normal.

But if you need a marker, something that gives you a hint that the right time is nigh, it’s going to look and feel a lot less like the right time and a hell of a lot more like the worst time, ever.

Breakthroughs come when you’re ready to give up, when you’ve had enough and it seems as though everything that possibly could go wrong has gone wrong, and the shit’s just getting started.

After all, when it rains, it pours.

It’s all too often when you’re on the threshold of giving up that the moments of awareness, clarity, and “why didn’t I think of that?” happen.

The right time rarely comes at a beautiful moment, it never happens the way we dreamed it would, it’s never obvious and obviously, it’s never, ever, expected.

The right time is never the same for anyone.

Justine Beiber was discovered when he was just 13.

J.K Rowling was 25 when she dreamed up with the idea for a boy wizard, Harry Potter, while on a train ride in 1990.

Stan Lee created his first break-out hit comic book, “The Fantastic Four,” when he was 38.

Colonel Sanders became a professional chef in his 40’s and he franchised Kentucky Fried Chicken when he was 62.

However, there is one constant you can count on and use to your advantage, – the right time comes to those who are in the process of the doing.

Don’t wait for it.

No. Don’t. Wait.

If you wait, it won’t come.

So let’s get back to writing, to blogging, to publishing and to marketing our work.

If you do that, and keep at it, even when it all hits the proverbial fan…

your time will come

Your time will come.

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Have a Happy New Year!

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • I enjoyed this, Bryan. Time is our most precious resource, but – because the brain resists (even positive) change – we can find ourselves trapped by inaction. Throw habits into the mix as well, and it’s a recipe for excuses, complacency, and frustration.

    It’s like you say: there is no ‘right time’, only now. Thanks for the inspiring post.

  • Ken Hughes

    For those who say “good things come to those who wait,” I say:

    1) Often, they just DON’T.

    2) Good “things” never come, because in the time it takes to wait for one good thing you could have gone out and built several.

    3) How much goodness is really left in a thing if you knew you had to sit around and wait for it?

    You either decide to fight for what you want, or you decide not to decide… just for the moment, of course. But really, what else would you want to be doing with that moment?

  • Brian, Thank you. I needed this. I want my first book to be perfect. Knowing that no book is perfect relieves the stress of perfectionism. I signed up for your posts.

  • Thanks for an awesome post, Bryan! Happy New Year!

  • Great motivation for the delaying author. Didn’t know that Stan Lee produced his first hit comic book at 38! Toni Morrison is one phenomenal author who was only published well into her adult years.