So I hope this doesn't come off like a rant, but lately (maybe it's the New Year's thing where people are assessing what they want out of their lives or whatever), I have been repeatedly asked by aspiring authors how one goes about writing a book. Which in and of itself isn't a bad question (at all). But whenever I suggest some methods for doing the actual writing, i.e., writing every day, setting word counts, setting timers, etc, I'm often met with an eye roll and a shrug and an attitide of "I don't have the discipline, and really, can it be that hard?" And then, the person in question says something along the lines of, "But I still think I can really do it."
Here's a newsflash: A BOOK WILL NOT WRITE ITSELF. When you say, "I know that I have a great book in me, I just have to write it," I internally smirk. BECAUSE WRITING IT IS MUCH HARDER THAN CONCEIVING THE IDEA. Seriously. If you want to write a book, for the love of all things holy, please do! I mean that with all of the love and support that I can offer. Genuinely. But do not expect me (or any writer) to commiserate with you because you don't want to put in the work. Because we ALL put in the work if we're going to get published, and that's where you lose us.
Writing is HARD. It is meant to be hard because not everyone can do it, not everyone has the stomach for the rejection or the discipline to sit down each day and craft something from nothing. It is totally, totally, TOTALLY fine if this is not for you. But don't pretend otherwise. Because the thing is, you don't have a book in you if you don't write it. It's that simple. What you have is an idea.
From there, it's up to you as to whether or not it ever comes to fruition.