Authors and Other People

“The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

People often tell me they could write a book if they had more time, or fewer responsibilities, or the appropriate training. I believe some of them. I’m sure a lot of people could write a book if the circumstances were right. 

Authors are the ones who write books under whatever circumstances life throws at them.

Authors are the people who write books during war, famine, persecution, loss of loved ones, serious illness, injury, heartbreak, financial hardship, and myriad daily distractions. They are the ones who write at the end of a long work day or early in the morning before their kids get up. 

Which is not to say none of those people who talk about it will ever write a book. For some, the hardest of circumstances is carrying an unwritten story for years before they do eventually find a way to write it.

But there are also those who assume writing doesn’t require sacrifice. These are usually people who haven’t tried writing a book themselves.

When I read a book, I appreciate every part of the story. But I also appreciate the passion the author must have had for that story, to persevere to the end, no matter what else was going on in their life at the time. 

I admire the courage of those authors devoting a chunk of their life to something that at times may have seemed impossible.

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