The act of writing begins with a blank page, or so it seems. But first, there is an inner pull. A small voice.
You wonder, Have I already somehow agreed to do this? From where did this mission arise?
A silent yearning, perhaps for years, wells up inside. Yes, the time has come.
You come close to speaking your intent aloud.
Before you do, perhaps there is doubt: How will I start? What if I can't find the words? Can I really do this?
For some, asking this question helps: Why should I really explore the depths of what I've learned?
Maybe because you've become something new. Or feel the new you that you are becoming. For those at this juncture, the writing can be a creative expression signaling that inner change, whether or not it is already apparent to those around them in the world. It can be the closing of a chapter, the opening of the next.
For others, it is not so clear. There is a call to adventure that was previously refused or put off. But circumstances have meant that now the writer is ready, even if he does not know the way.
This work is not a task for others. Like Frodo at the Council of Elrond, surrounded by stronger and wiser folk, who nevertheless realizes it is he who must take the One Ring to Mordor himself, no matter how much uncertainty lays ahead.
But others will come to your aid.
From family members who encourage you and give you space to write, having understood why you must.
To critics, who through their infliction of insecurity test your resolve, sharpen your why, and hone your writing habits.
And finally mentors, whether readers of early drafts or editors and coaches with experience writing books of their own and helping many others complete theirs.
Every Frodo has his Samwise: gardener, cook, lover of tales, and loyal companion.
The comforting thing, perhaps, is that somehow, within you already is the capability to tell your story. The pull to do so would not have come if you were not ready.
So, let's begin. Let us venture forth into the unknown inner landscapes waiting to be explored. What is found may be well worth sharing. Along the way, as was the case for Frodo, one's inner greatness comes alive.