Come on a journey with me as I share with you the tale of a healing book that I have written and not yet published and a healing book that won’t be published…
The book that will never be published helped me to heal in so many ways, but it is not the right book for me my brand or business.
Top tip: Always write the right book
Back in 2018, my spine fractured, and I could not walk properly for almost six months, and I certainly couldn’t work for over a year. It wasn’t just that my spine fractured; I had some other complications.
The doctor prescribed me strong painkillers and other meds to take my mind off what was going on. After four days of being in a stupor, I decided to go with the pain and use other methods to heal. When the rheumatologist told me to take the drugs or die (silly woman), I felt something stir in me as if someone had released a raging bull.
I was angry. No one was going to tell me that I was just another number in their practice. Nor tell me that they would not support a natural approach to healing. I would be seen and heard, and I would heal my way.
Call me bloody-minded, but I believe that medical care should be collaborative.
The first book in this long healing journey was my journal. A journal, for me, is always the first book of healing. In this book, I raged, researched and reflected. It was because of my journal, I wrote a book.
Top tip: Start your healing writing in your journal
I wrote a book called Healing Osteoporosis Naturally.
Hours and hours were spent reading other books on osteoporosis, nutrition, physiology and energy healing, research papers (ug), watching videos and being in specialist groups. What helped me was that I had over the years studied nutrition but had never qualified – my choice.
Armed with all of this knowledge, I created a living document of everything I knew about myself and then, with the big picture, I experimented on myself. I tried different protocols while I searched for my root cause.
It took me a long time to work out why my bones had almost faded away. Like a massive jigsaw puzzle, it came together.
Top tip: Writing and reflecting is powerful and will help you to see patterns and pictures
In no time at all, my book was almost ready. I’d got my second DEXA scan, and I was elated as my bone density had risen by 2.2%. I have now had another scan and I have improved again. All of my hard work had paid off. But I was never ready to get out there and share my story, the journey and my healing secrets.
I had done an amazing thing, but this was just a healing book. A powerful one and one I do not regret because it carried me through some dark moments.
But more was to come.
I discovered that I had a condition called MGUS. MGUS rolls off the tongue – monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance. Which means they don’t know much about it. But the kicker is that it is allegedly incurable, and it’s the precursor to multiple myeloma and other blood cancers – which are incurable.
I’ll be honest, I freaked.
It turns out that many people with this little delight get osteoporosis. This is what threw me. Little is known, so most people who do get osteoporosis with this follow the drug route.
After my initial shock and fear, I used my journal to support me. I simply put this to the back of my mind, decided to continue to eat well and live my best life.
In living my best life I realised that the book that I wrote prior to the fractures which helped me to learn to love myself was calling to be reviewed and published.
I have a new title Rude Awakenings. It’s not ready to be published, because I’ve changed and I have healed some more and I have more clarity.
Top tip: The story will find you when you are ready to share. Trust yourself and trust the process.
It’s the story I want to share and it fits with my whole ethos of writing to heal. It’s my healing journey of learning to love myself, reclaim self-worth, and most importantly heal the father wound. I needed to grieve my dad’s passing (10 years on) and grieve the me that I thought I could have been.
This is important – it’s the right book for right now.
Write a healing book
When you write a healing book, you write it so that you can heal, grow and change. You will also write your book to inspire and impact others, build your brand and create a stream of other innovative products.
There are people out there waiting for your story to motivate them on their healing path. Are you ready to write?
Which is the best way to write your healing book?
I always start with your story, which will lead you into your reason for being. Then it is all about planning and finding a writing process that helps you to put your story in perspective. When you do this, you can sort things out because you are seeing the events of your life in order and will see the patterns of your behaviour.
As you consider each chapter’s key messages and you will see how you might advise another how to deal with these things, and you will gain massive insight.
Top tip: Just write and get it all out. The magic is in the editing.
The first draft will be an outpouring, and it is in the editing that you will gain clarity. I confess that it is not an easy process, but it is cleansing for the soul and rewarding. I often look back at what I have written and think – was that really me?
You can also write this like a patchwork quilt. Write a list of possible chapters in the order of the story and put them in a ‘hat’, and draw one out as the urge to write comes to you. In this way, you are dealing with what needs to be considered at that moment. Later you can timeline your patchwork quilt and put it in order. Though I suspect that you will have healed when writing and reflecting and may not wish to go back over old stuff.
I do have other ways to get the story out, but that’s for another time…
Reasons To Write A Healing Book
As you write, you will heal
There is nothing like the magic of writing a book or a chapter for a collaborative book that allows you to heal as you write.
Books often have this magical power that opens our eyes to a need in the wider world. When you write a healing book for a bigger purpose, it can lead you into a business that you might never have realised was bursting to get out.
We need stories; they are the foundation of humanity. It is with your story you grow, expand and transform. And it is your story that will enable someone else to know that it is possible for them to do the same.
Your book (or books) can become a brand asset, which is part of a bigger branding toolkit. You now have something, which can be used in many different ways – online programmes, building a speaking career, a methodology for x, workshops and whatever else you feel is right for you.
Your book is how someone else can get to know you without ever having met you, or after meeting, you become more intimate with your thoughts and ideas.
It’s important to not get carried away and to ground your book with some business sense. Make sure that you have the right support around you to become clear on what your business is, who your ideal client is, your vision, core message and what you want to be known for, among other things.
Your book contains a package of knowledge that will help you to create something you can be proud of in the world.
Your healing will continue as you inspire others.
Your inspirational message
Knowing that you have an inspirational message to share is the first step; how you get it planned, written, edited, published, and marketing is simply a process.
Top tip: Trust yourself that you have an inspirational message to share
You will inspire others to know what is possible with your message.
Create brand assets that help others to heal
I continue to maintain that a book is not just a book. It is a brand asset; it is a personal development and healing tool. It creates clarity of purpose, draws out your reason for being and lets you make a heart to heart connection with your community. When you are in your zone and can add genuine value, you will get a return on your investment.
When you create other products and services from your book, you will continue to be able to help and support others.
Becoming a bestseller is life changing
Will your book become a bestseller?
Whilst being a bestseller is a wonderful accolade and achievement, touching the hearts of others and inspiring others to heal and grow is, in my opinion, what we are here to do. And yes, you can do both, as long as you understand what is required to market your book to bestseller status.
But back to the point. Getting bestseller status is incredible for your visibility, the validation of your story and your self-worth.
Get your story out
Should you publish?
No. If what you want to do is to write your story for yourself, why put yourself under that pressure? I have coached many people through a healing book process, where we have known that the book will not be published right now – it is the healing that matters.
You may have this feeling and calling that you want to get this book and your story out, but something keeps holding you back. I’d suggest that this is a book just for you, stop thinking about how to get it into the world. Write it and then decide what next.
Yes. If you want to create something with this book. Decide what your vision and strategy are and what you need to do to make this a reality. Consider what you will do with this book and create a plan.
Start your healing book with a journal
My favourite book of all is the humble journal. I have many of them, and when I feel I am entering a new or different phase of my life, I start a new one. This is a place I can write, scribble, doodle and rant. It’s what I reach for when I wake up in the night feeling fearful or excited.
Writing in my journal has saved my life.
When I was first my healing bones, my journal was my constant companion and research assistant. One day, like all of my other journals, it will be burnt. I like to release the past to the flames and ignite something new.
I know many like to hold on to their journals, but for me, they need the clutter in the house to be let go of. In this way, we open up space for a new opportunity.
To start journaling, all you need is a beautiful journal and a pen. Put it by your bed and when you clamber in, write about your day, perhaps ask some questions, and most of all, let go and simply must.
Many swear by morning pages, a few sides of your journal where you let your muse guide you in the morning. I find that in the morning, the questions I have asked the night before seem to magically have answers.
The bottom line is the reasons to write a healing book is for your continued healing journey and to inspire others on theirs. And, of course, you can build your personal brand and ignite your success.
Ready to write your healing book? Get in touch.