The Library of Unwritten Books
Imagine a library that goes on forever – vast, dark and silent. Nobody walks its corridors or dusts its shelves. Millions of books are crammed side by side – adventures, romances, mysteries and comedies. They have never been read, for these are the books that do not yet exist. They sit there, waiting to become real.
There are unwritten stories everywhere, and sometimes I stumble across them. Now and then, when I tell someone I’m a writer, they get this shy, keen look in their eye. Suddenly I know what they’re going to say next.
“Um… there’s this story I’d like to write some day.”
They know I won’t make fun of them. It’s exciting to hear them talk about their secret tale, the one that only exists in their head. Just for a moment I feel like I’m sneaking a peek into the Library of Unwritten Books.
Sadly, I know that a lot of those wonderful stories will stay in that imaginary Library forever. Most of these would-be authors will never find the courage or the time to write them.
Do you have a story in your head that you’ve never written down? Imagine it waiting there in the Library of Unwritten Books, pining away amid dust and darkness. Don’t you want to rescue it, and bring it into the real world? Well, the only way to do that is to write it!
There’s one small problem. To rescue your story, you’ll have to get past the monsters that guard the library. These ‘monsters’ are the fears that freeze up your brain when you’re trying to write, or stop you trying in the first place.
Remember this – even your favourite authors, the scarily brilliant ones, can only write their books. They could never write the story in your head. That’s yours, and yours alone. Only you can write it.
This thought scares most authors. It terrifies me every time one of my books is about to be published. And you know what? All those writers whose books you love probably feel the same way.
If you’ve started something, try to finish it. Your other ideas will wait. (Unlike bananas, they don’t go off if you leave them for too long.)
Don’t let the monsters put you off. Go and rescue your story from the Library of Unwritten Books. You’re the only person who can.