Has anyone ever told you that you should write a book?
I’ve met hundreds of people who have been through things, have learned things, have discovered things, and have developed things that could truly change the world—if only the world knew about them. But there’s a nagging voice in their heads that tells them that they’re average, that they don’t have anything to say, that nobody would care about their story, that it’s not a big deal. Just the opposite, however, is actually true.
How did that make you feel?
Maybe you’ve been told many times that you should write a book. How does that make you feel? Flattered? Annoyed? Scared? When I teach writing, I talk a lot about audience and how to connect with them, but the first step is to connect with yourself and be honest about the emotions you have about the prospect of writing a book. What are you feeling?
Do you want to write that book but don’t know how to get started?
How does that make you feel?
Have you ever had “write my book” on your mental to-do list? If so, that goal is probably jammed in there like this:
- Finish project at work
- Go to the kids’ ball game
- Make appointment with financial advisor
- Write my book!
Oh yes, let me just WRITE MY BOOK in between juggling my work schedule and a busy family life!
How do you feel when there’s such a huge item on your list that you know you won’t accomplish in one night or even one month — along with the smaller items that you will? Don’t set yourself up for failure! There’s a better way.
Did you start to write your book and get tangled up?
How did that make you feel?
Maybe you put pen to paper and started to write, but you got lost along the way. Perhaps you started with one idea, then drifted to another, and now nothing is organized or seems intelligent. Are you Frustrated? Aggravated? Defeated?
How do you WANT to feel?
The great news is that you CAN write your book in less than one year, and when you do that, you will feel emotions like accomplishment, completion, and triumph. And this is only the beginning!
Listen to my friend and client Helen G. and what she said about writing her first book:
“I knew I wanted to write a book and had already begun. … In 2007 I met Lundy Bancroft at his St. Louis workshop, told him my childhood experience and he strongly encouraged me to write a book about it.
[Since I wrote my book] my life is still very busy …[but] the best part of what I have experienced is the positive effect it is having on my family who are very supportive~~and the many friends and colleagues who seem eager to read my book.
I have dreams of a long vacation, time for some R & R. After that, get started on my next book, to be followed by a third! … At 74 I hope to be able to keep up with my dreams.
Nancy has been wonderful to work with. She is a person of integrity and compassion. She is supportive, knowledgeable, and available.
The most difficult thing for me has been the fact that all of this is so new to me and I don’t always know the questions to ask. However, I’ve always felt that my questions were addressed with respect and understanding.
I now consider Nancy a dear friend whom I hope to continue working with. She deserves the very best. I could not have done this without her and the resources to which she directed me.”
Are you ready to start down the path that I have painstakingly and specifically built for you to follow to write your nonfiction book?