You can start at the beginning, or you can start at the end.
You can start in the middle.
You can throw stuff against the wall to see what sticks.
You can blab to your computer screen like you would to a friend.
Or a confidante, or perhaps your younger self. Or perhaps your children.
Or perhaps your future children. Or perhaps the president of the United States of America.
It doesn’t matter.
All that matters is that you get started.
Because if you don’t get started, you can’t finish.
And if you don’t finish, you’ll never end up where you want to be.
You want to be a writer, right?
So write, alright?
Your stuff doesn’t have to be perfect.
In fact, it never will be.
Perfect is impossible, and trying to be perfect makes you boring.
So just get started, and see how it goes.
You don’t have to match Shakespeare … but why not give it a try?
Can you compose a sonnet?
Yes, you can.
You have my permission.
Shakespeare died 402 years ago, and he does not have a monopoly on sonnets.
Write what is in your heart, what’s on your mind.
Write out of love, and to quash hate.
Just do your best, and don’t hurt anyone (including yourself) in the process.
Be smart. Be wise. Be cautious.
But do this thing, because it’s the thing that gives you life.
It’s the thing that feeds your soul.
As the rapper, filmmaker and all-around genius Shad says:
“Honestly, the haters can hate. Just let the creators create.”
You’re a creator.
We all are.
So get started.