This is your official certificate of writing permission.
If you are looking for it, if you need an excuse to start, here you go.
You have been approved. Congratulations!
That sound you just heard, waffling so faintly in the background, is your certificated being shipped out.
I hope you get famous one day, of course, but most of all I hope you spend your days as a person of letters, and find joy in the process of it all.
Welcome to the bum life.
May we forever be an encouragement to each other.
Writingisn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy. Some of this book—perhaps too much—has been about how I learned to do it. Much of it has been about how you can do it better. The rest of it—and perhaps the best of it—is a permission slip: you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will. Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.
-Stephen King, On Writing