Want to Write? The Three Things You Need to Get Started You Already Have

A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others. — William Faulkner, American writer and Nobel Prize laureate

If you want to write, why not start by testing Faulkner’s theory? Notice, by the way, that he doesn’t mention time, or money or comfort.

Write about your experience. Have you gotten yourself through some tough times? Stayed the course in spite of breakers and betrayals? If you managed to overcome significant troubles people will want to know how you did so. And if you have had a wonderfully charmed life, write about that. There are those who will want to read about a life like yours. Why keep them waiting?

Observe what you in front of you. Write what you think of it. Write what you know to be true. Why not share your perspective? It’s unique and valid and it just might turn out to be the one that calms everyone down.

Why does the world know who Harry Potter is? Because J.K. Rowling wrote down what she imagined. What’s in your imagination? Write it down to find out.

If you want to write, get started.

Share your experiences. Offer your observations. Explore your imagination.

You already have what you need.