By Ali Cross
Master Yoda said it all when he told the young and whiney Luke Skywalker “Do or do not. There is no try.”
That great line applies to all things in life. You either run or do not run a marathon. You either do or do not clean your house. You either do or do not write your book.
When you say “I’ll try,” you are already admitting defeat. Saying you’ll try, means you don’t believe you can succeed—you’re giving yourself an out, before you even begin. If you say you’ll try, when you fail, you have a built in excuse: “Well, I didn’t really think I could do it anyway.”
However when you commit to do something, if you fail, you are on the line.
There is no middle ground in writing. If you’re wishy-washy about your craft, you certainly won’t go anywhere. Writing requires your whole heart. Not a sliver, not even half. Only your whole heart will do.