I read an email a few days ago inviting me to write a book in 30 days. A few years ago, I would have risen to the challenge. I have done many 30-day blog challenges to get content out for a book.
But I have changed, and I don’t want to push myself to write a book in 30 days because it doesn’t do your story, wisdom or readers any justice.
Writing for me is more of a sacred practice, and while I can write a lot of words in a short space of time, these days, I want to savour the process.
Why I think you shouldn’t write a book in 30 days
If you want to, then don’t let me stop you because if someone had said this to me a few years ago, I would have ignored them…
But if you find yourself wanting to write the right book, you will know that writing a book will change your life. You will learn more about yourself in the months you write than in any personal development programme.
Every book I have written has been both a pleasure and a challenge. But I want my writing to be creative, fun and meaningful these days. And to do that, I need to give myself space and time.
Not too much time; otherwise, it will never get written or published.
And I imagine that your book aims to share a powerful message and inspire others to know what is possible and to heal, grow and find inner peace.
Writing a book is an awesome personal development process
Be prepared for the change that a book will bring
Without realising it, writing a book will test you in ways you would never have imagined. Then, just when you thought it was time to slow down, an opportunity for further growth appears. This opportunity that is raising your consciousness that has been born out of something unexpected is what needs to be shared.
The process of writing a book will utilise your many skills and talents and teach you many more. So enjoy the adventure of finding out what you can achieve.
You may have doubts (don’t we all?) that you might not be good enough to write a book or that no one wants to hear your story. They will. Have faith and trust. More and more people are going through ‘stuff’, waking up and needing a guiding hand – yours.
Writing gives birth to new ideas
Be willing to explore and share your ideas
At this stage, you may be pondering, ‘mmm, well, what is it I can write about?’ You may have a rough idea or loads of ideas. How about you grab a journal and spend some time writing and reflecting? In the spaces between your words and scribbles, your inner wisdom will make her/himself known.
Your muse will enchant you and provide clarity of thought. There have been many occasions when I have firmly believed one thing. Then as I have written, my mind starts to explore other avenues and possibilities.
Then in reflection comes insight. Take your time and allow it to flow. None of this it must be done this way, be more gentle and allowing.
When you write a book, it teaches you new skills
Learn new skills and outsource the rest
Becoming a published author requires you to be, among other things, a:-
- Planner / Project Manager
It’s a balance between what you can do and have the time and patience for and what you could outsource. If you are willing to acquire new skills, great. If not, get support.
I love planning, writing and editing, but I always get my covers designed by an expert. Because of my techie background formatting my book and uploading it to Amazon’s KDP and other platforms is easy, but that doesn’t mean I should spend time doing it. Although I do, if it baffles you, pay someone else.
One of the things that I have really noticed is that I have become more aware of how I feel about things the more I outsource. That way, I stay in the flow, and my energy remains balanced.
As you plan and write a book it connects the dots between values and vision
Be willing to take time out before you start to discover (or rediscover) the core values, vision, passion, and purpose of your book
Writing a book is not just about the book. It is a process that connects you to your inner wisdom, helps you to discover your voice, helps you to grow as a person, and gives you a wonderful personal branding vehicle and something you can build a business around.
Before you start to write, one of the things that can support you is to explore your values, vision, passion, and purpose, as these create the foundations of your book, brand and business.
I have found that I tend to reflect on life more these days. And I want to do things that feed my soul rather than just for the sake of doing something.
Values are ways of being that mean something important to you. Your values are the qualities that you want to present to the world. Your core values are the foundations of who you are. Your book will embody your values because that’s who you are.
Vision drives direction; it is future-based and relies on taking action to get you wherever there is. Your vision will propel you towards things you want to achieve in the future. For example, imagine having a dream about being able to create effective change and influence others to transform. This vision bought to fruition in a book will enable others to connect with you and know that they, too, can do this.
Your passion is what will shine through your writing. When you write about that one thing which resonates deeply with you, others will get a real sense of who you are and why you do what you do.
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” John F. Kennedy
It’s funny how you can have an amazing career or business and still not know your purpose. Often through adversity, purpose shows itself. In an odd moment, your why becomes apparent.
The purpose of your book is to help others to imagine what is possible for them from what you have discovered, experienced, learned and now want to share.
Knowing your purpose leads to a purposeful book. A purpose-led book is written from your heart and soul; it has meaning to you and those that read it. Your writing will flow when you write with purpose, and you will feel a deep connection to it.
Your book will give you something to feel proud about
Put your inner critic to one side and rock out your book
Who doesn’t want to feel pleased as Punch when holding their book for the first time? Writing a book, holding it in your hands and bringing its scent to your nose is beautiful. Shouting out about your book might be tough for the I am not sure I am good enough types.
However, given that you have an inspirational message to share, it is vital that you do. Your life’s lessons and how you share your message are part of your human journey. So dance, shout and revel in the experience.
Sharing your knowledge and experiences through writing a book will change your life
Get ready for your life to evolve as you go through this process
This is not just about the skills and talents you use to do your job or run your business. This is deeper, right down to the core of who you are. As you become aware of how your story will impact others, it will change your life. Undoubtedly your path will alter. Or at least it will seem like it will alter. It is actually the path you were always destined to walk.
Others who are looking for answers and solutions will look to you for guidance, which will also change your life. Embrace the beauty of connecting and collaborating for the good of all.
Sharing your message means that you examine what you stand for
Discover what you stand for and become an icon for your inspirational message
It is never too late to stand up and be seen and heard. Just because you used to do or say one thing doesn’t mean you cannot embrace a new message. Surely that is what life and growth are – an ever-changing feast?
Invariably you already know a lot about who you are. Writing your personal story and sharing your message gives you another layer to explore.
Writing enables you to tell your story and connect to your readers in a way that goes beyond traditional marketing. By organising your thoughts into a book, you now have the opportunity to examine what you stand for, who you are here to inspire and how you can support and facilitate transformation in others.
When you write a book and actually publish it, it changes other’s perspective of you
Are you ready for success?
It goes without saying that you will be seen in a new light when you publish your book. And because of this, it deserves lots of love, care and attention.
Rushing projects serves no one. If you rush to write and publish, I suspect there will be a part of you that never feels completely satisfied.
Because a book is so important, I ask you to consider taking a little longer than 30 days. Perhaps write a shorter book or a series. Savour the process and arrive at your I’m published destination knowing that you wrote a book that you are truly proud of.
Good things come to those who wait
Not too long, of course…
It takes a great deal of patience to plan and write a book. Most of our time is not taken from writing. It is in the time before planning and thinking and letting ideas form. These ideas take shape slowly. There will be periods of chaos and then clarity. This can’t be forced.
I have come to believe that rushing will kill your ideas before they have a chance to gestate. And half-baked ideas often end up as half-baked soggy books.
And finally, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. This has been a big lesson for me.
Six months or more is a good period to plan, write and publish and to give your ideas time to form perfectly.