Michael N. Marcus discusses writing, editing, design, publishing, marketing, language, culture, politics, food and other things. This blog started in 2008, was on hiatus for the summer and fall of 2017, and restarted in December. Michael took time away from blogging for much of 2019 and 2020 to write books.
We currently do not publish on a regular schedule.
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Friday, April 3, 2015
Authors: My father said it before Nike. They're both right. Just do it.
When I was 24 years old, I discussed a business idea with my father. I asked him if he thought I should try it. He said he didn’t know if I’d succeed, but he did know that if I didn’t try it, for the rest of my life I’d wonder what would have happened if I did try it.
If you wonder what will happen if you write and publish a book—try it! The risk is low and the potential benefit is huge.
Words are toys for me. As a writer, I get paid to have fun. Writing books and blogs is probably the second best way for a man to make money. I'm close to my 69th birthday, so I have little chance of employment as a gigolo. (Anyway, wife Marilyn has an exclusive contract for my intimate services.)
There's no good reason to wait until next year, next week or tomorrow to start a book. Just do it—NOW.
Be productive. Have fun. Be useful. Be innovative. Don't be afraid to piss people off. What you think of yourself is more important than what others think of you. Write to please yourself. It's nice if your words cause others to smile, say "thanks" and pay money; but self-satisfaction is more important. Not everyone has to "get" you. Even a small happy audience can be satisfying.
Don't leave the keyboard until you're satisfied with what you've written, because you never know which words will be your last words.