How to train your dog to write a book
I’m sat in bed with two of my dogs. The song which goes roll over, roll over comes to mind as I had spent the night with the two girls getting closer and closer to me to the point that it was easier to get up, get a cuppa and get in the other side. When I returned one of the girls had gone, and my boy had climbed into my bed. Yeah ok, some of you will find it yukky, I, however, love the closeness of our pack. And it’s my home, my rules. Although you could be fooled into thinking it’s their home, their rules.
No matter what you think, I get endless inspiration and licks from my three pooches. I also get lots of time to reflect as I walk them three or more times a day. It’s when I am walking that I get my best ideas and aha moments. So I have a lot to thank the awesome trio for.
In my daily musings, I came across some ideas for training a dog and my mind being my mind began to see a correlation between that and writing a book. So, without further ado and no you do not need to pass me your paw, here are some top tips on how to write a book.
Take it one chapter at a time
What I mean by that is chunk everything down. If you are going to write a book it will come together better when you have planned your outline and designed a chapter framework; your book is now in chunks. Take one chapter at a time and write in small pieces. It will be so much easier than seeing an enormous thing you have to tackle.
Which reminds me of the time that Marley came running down the rambla with a whole goats skeleton. There was no way she could eat all of that bone in one sitting. Sadly for her, she had no choice but to share.
Use clear, concise words and sentences
I love discovering what the root and real meanings of words are. Words are delicious. However, when you write in a way that leaves your reader constantly wondering what the hell you are on about, it will turn people off and that my friends is a big no-no. Just like dogs understand simple commands sit, stay, paw, high five, gentle, we humans understand things in the same way. If when you write a book, you have me continually scratching my head wondering what you mean, you will have lost a reader.
Earlier I said that I get to walk a lot with the dogs, for me that is a real treat. Fresh air and Mother Nature nourish me. As do the healthy cakes that I make. When I am writing, I do so in chunks, and then I stop for a walk, tea or a small piece of cake. These simple things keep me motivated. Just as like the dogs who I think live for treats and walks, treats keep them motivated to do things.
Just this week I moved my office around, and the drawer I keep my treats in is no longer accessible to Angel, who had perfected the art of opening it and stealing them when I’m not looking. She is most perturbed and has taken to licking me. And only a treat stops it. Who is training who?
As soon as you have finished a chapter or a chunk of a chapter, reward yourself. Celebration is much underrated. It is usually saved for birthdays and other ‘special’ times. When you have put your heart and soul into writing or editing, then I think that deserves an immediate reward. Put a star on a chart, tick something off your plan. However you do it, make sure it’s straight away.
It takes practice, practice, practice to write a book
Writing is a muscle it gets better with practice. So write.
Take it one day at a time
Writing a book is a big undertaking. Alongside creating courses it is one of your most significant product development projects, I imagine that you will undertake. When you start, it will feel clumsy as you make your way around your outline. Things will change, you will change. The things that you are sharing which are your areas of expertise will crumble under your pen, and you will wonder how you could ever call yourself the expert. It happens, it is part of the process, and it is ok.
When I found Angel as a puppy abandoned in the rambla, I thought that she would be snapped up and a forever home would be found. There is a global problem with people abandoning dogs, and there wasn’t anywhere for her to go. Yes, I could have put her in the pound and then what? – Lost. So she stayed, and she is adorable, but and there is a big but, it was hard integrating her. I struggled. When my dog trainer arrived to ‘train’ me, I often cried all over him. When I look back, I can smile. Things do get better, and my advice is, cry, scream, smile, treat yourself, but most of all remember to take one day at a time, and you will get your book written.
I talk to many people who want to write a book, some do, some do it by themselves, and some get help with some or all of it. Having a coach for your book makes life easier. Just as my dog trainer did, he helped me through some tough times, and I did remember to laugh and make it fun. It’s the same with books; I’m here with the ‘expertise’ to support you through the process. All you have to do is have a sniff of an idea and the desire to want to bring that alive and into the world. Together we will co-create a fantastic book that you will be proud of.
Head over to my calendar and book in some chat time, and we can explore your ideas. Nothing ventured, nothing gained eh? I say that because now I am the proud mummy of three beautiful dogs who are my life and bring such fun, joy and love. That’s an experience I would never want to be without.
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