I often tell people that there is a book inside everyone and it’s true. The thing is, you have to believe it for yourself. Each one of us go through our own experiences but the doubt comes in when you think that those experiences may not be as impactful to help someone else. But you don’t know that, do you?
To find out if you are cut out to be an author, continue reading and if at the end, you answer ‘yes’, then you are well on your way and I would suggest, getting started while the adrenaline runs through you:
- Do people come to you for advice on anything? – I am sure they do. It’s just for you to think what those questions may be. It may be about relationships, parenting, organization, makeup, shopping or a myriad of things. Take some time to sit back, relax with pen and paper or your trusty phone in hand and note down what advice you have been giving out on a regular basis. Then group and rank them. Once you have done this, I would suggest, jotting down notes under each and if you find yourself jotting down notes with enthusiasm and passion under one particular topic, then that’s the book to get started with. Consider this too..if you are giving out advice and people and actually listening and applying what you suggest, then you already have a built in audience that would be willing to purchase your books and refer it to others.
- Have you gone through a life changing experience? It can be religious, accident, unemployment, divorce, loss of a loved one, terminal illness or anything that can have your listener’s eyes rolling backwards! Great story to be shared and told, especially how your overcame and succeeded.
- Can you articulate your thoughts well in writing? This one may be a bit tricky as some of you doubt yourselves that you can but never fear…audio is here to the rescue! If you feel a bit queasy about writing a word or putting thoughts on paper, all you need to do is record your thoughts on a recording device like your phone or audacity (a free online downloadable tool), then have someone transcribe same into text and viola, you have started your first book! Of course, editing and ensuring that the thoughts flow will be part of the process but getting started is always the first step to overcoming the fear.
- Are you willing to become comfortable with the uncomfortable? Sounds confusing right? I know. Here’s the thing.. if you are unwilling today to do the things others won’t, then tomorrow you can’t achieve the things others can’t. More confusing? It was meant to be. In a gist, you have to get out of your own way and stop being comfortable. Star being uncomfortable and after doing it several times, you will get get comfortable doing that activity. Then, you have to find another activity that will make you uncomfortable and so on. Never be in a state of comfort. This will get you in a rut that will be hard to get out of. You won’t be moving or progressing and believe me, from experience, it will take a juggernaut mindset to pull you through.. lots of self talk, internal persecution and to say the least, procrastination will take over your imagination! You don’t want to go there!!
So if you answered ‘yes’ to all of the above or 75% then go get ’em! I would love to hear your comments below.