There’s two things that can make authors cringe to hear.
“I wish I was talented so I could write a book.”
“Oh, yeah, I could write a book, if I just had the time.”
You can write a book, without time or talent. We writers know this because we started out with neither.
We weren’t born with a magical power that allowed us to string words into a story that was a delight to read.
We didn’t come by our “talent” because we were constantly faced with an abundance of free time.
Our first stories sucked. Our first twenty stories sucked. My first one hundred stories sucked, hard.
I wrote them between homework, during class instead of paying attention. I wrote them when my friends were outside playing. I wrote them in college when I could have been at parties. I write them now, late at night when the rest of my family is sleeping.
A writer makes the time and they develop the talent. Because we love it. Because we have to. Because it is a priority.
If you want to write a book, by all means go for it. Get up earlier than usual. Stay home instead of going out Friday night. Take a writing class after work on Wednesday. Read books during your spare time instead of scrolling through your phone.
Your talent will develop slowly. It will take years. But it will come.
If you want to write a book, stop making excuses, and projecting your weird insecurities onto us writers who have done it. You have a high stress job that doesn’t allow you the time? Honey, I work with doctors and lawyers, single parents and CEOs. They make the time, they put in the work. Because they have to get their stories out. Because they love it.
It’s okay if you don’t. Just stop using it to mildly insult us who have done it.