Here are my talking points on writing:
- Who owns song? Who owns dance? Who owns story? NO ONE does. If you want to sing, sing. If you want to dance, dance. If you have a story to tell, tell it. Don't let some rich, published writer tell you that you cannot do it. (But do listen to me. I am not a best-selling author by any means, but I do sell books. Also, there is a really good chance that you might be a better writer than me).
- Start writing on anything you can. It can be on your smart phone, in a composition notebook (where I started), on a tablet pc, or on a laptop. Just start writing.
- Chances are that you will not be the next Stephenie Meyer, E.L. James, or whoever that author's name is that wrote a book that people constantly quote ("You is kind, you is something else, you is important.") But what is good is that you get to be YOU. You get to map your own course.
- Prepare yourself for rejection - be it through Literary Agents, lackluster or no sales, or via bad reviews on websites. Not everyone is going to like what you write. Still, do the best that you can to deliver your story. Someone will like it; heck, some will love it.
- You will be happy that you did this. I promise.