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Book Writing Class Tool: The First BookMap-Your Personal Story

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Book Writing Class Tool: The First BookMap-Your Personal Story

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When I was a child, we took family vacations, and each of my parents had a role. Dad was the driver; Mom was the navigator. Poor Mom. Dad wasn’t a patient man, and he had little tolerance for anything but instant, on-point answers. At that time, we used the fold-up maps that gas stations sold, which were a challenge unto themselves.

Most of us don’t use physical maps anymore because we have fabulous phone apps and GPS devices that tell us where to go, turn by turn. All we have to know is our starting and ending points.

And that’s exactly what you know about your book right now. Your starting point is here, where you have nothing. Your endpoint is the purpose of your book, which is reflected in your Purpose Statement. With The Book Professor, we’ll help you create a BookMAP that will show the step-by-step route to that final destination—without all the clutter of the side roads. It’s a Method And Process (MAP) that you’ll use to save time, energy, and emotion—and it’s the shortest route to delivering your audience to the purpose of your book.

“When you’re open and honest you give the reader permission to be open and honest too.”

-Nancy Erickson

BookMAP 1: It’s Personal

When you take our book writing class, you’ll learn that your personal story is one of the most important parts of your book. Some writers, particularly if they’re writing a business book, want to leave out this part and simply share their knowledge or instruct the audience. That would be a mistake.

Before you can tell your readers anything, you must earn the right to be heard. Nobody likes to be told what to do, especially if they don’t know anything about you. What makes you an authority on this subject? Why should they listen to you? Those are the questions you answer when you share your own story.

And your readers don’t want the whitewashed version of you. Share your high points and the deep canyons, the wins and the demoralizing losses, the beautiful and the ugly. You must be real and transparent. So shuck off your pride that tells you if they know who I truly am, they won’t like me. That’s bunk. When you’re real, people will love you. When you’re open and honest, you give the reader permission to be open and honest, too.

I’m not saying it’s easy. It takes a lot of courage to be this vulnerable. We all want to put our best foot forward to make a good impression. We like to hide the messes we’ve made, but sometimes the mess has become your message.

That’s what’s so effective about my Executive Group Coaching classes. In this book writing class, you get to share your failures and foibles in a safe place, test out your message with others in the class, and gain strength from doing so—before you bare your skin to the world.

 

What about you? What personal story do you have inside? Contact us today, and we can help you get it out of your head and onto paper!

 


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