According to a NY Times article over a decade ago, 81 percent of Americans would like to write a book some day. That number resonated with me because I wanted to write a book.
And I did something about it. In fact I did it, and did it again.
My very first book was self-published after an a-ha moment left me with a sold book in mind.
That led to a contract with a publisher in a niche market.
From there I begin weaving a variety of self-published books into my business.
That path has led in a variety of directions. And it’s led me to the realization that writing will forever be a part of my life.
How about you?
Do you want to write a book?
Studies still show that over 80 percent of Americans have the dream of writing a book. That’s about 250 million of us with the dream of creating a book. Yet numbers show that somewhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books were published last year (the numbers are hard to count because of the numerous self-publishing options there are). And that’s a long way off from the 250 million that have the desire.
So why not make this your year?
How This Year Has Changed For Me
Two years ago, when we sold off a big part of our business, it was to free up our time to do other things. We sold off our 3300sf home, sold or gave away two-thirds of our stuff, and relocated to the Pacific Northwest for a year. Just to play, learn and grow.
Our year has recently come to an end, and we’ve decided to stay here for at least another year. There’s still so much more to explore! And we’ve both discovered parts of ourselves we want to work on in a little deeper way.
For me, it’s writing.
I’ve always written in the non-fiction and business genres. That’s about to change (and I’ll be asking more for your help in the coming weeks). I’ve now crossed over to the fiction genre, and am in the process of outlining an entire series of books, three of which I’ll be introducing to you shortly.
Big change. A world of difference.
Yes, writing fiction is a little scary for someone with a Masters degree in business. But it’s something I want, and am willing to work for for many years to come.
So once again I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo to give me another book in my series. Why? Because it’s a fun way to get your writing done for the day. It’s motivating to take part in something many others are doing along with you.
Writing doesn’t come easily for everyone. But if you have a desire to write a book, chances are you enjoy writing on some level.
Writing isn’t something you have to learn; instead it’s something you have to perfect.
You can’t sit down and write a thousand words a day unless you’re willing to sit down and write a thousand words every day.
The first day is very difficult. But by the tenth day, it becomes a little easier. The hundredth day is even easier yet.
Writing simply takes practice. It takes doing.
And if you need a little motivation to help you get started here in just a few days, pick up a copy of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic.
Because writers read. And the more you read, the more you’ll have to say, the more you’ll write. The two will always go hand in hand.
So this is as good of a starting place as any. And I guarantee #BigMagic will make you want to write.
If you were to look at my copy, you would find page after page of highlighted paragraphs and side notes. Any of them could be motivating. Any of them could tell you the real reason you should write.
What I like about Elizabeth’s stories is the way she gently nudges you along. She doesn’t write #BigMagic as a self-help book to motivate you to do more. Instead, she writes from a personal place that gives herself permission to be more.
She writes because she has no choice; she has a story to tell and it’s the method she best knows how to deliver.
And she does it well.
Defending yourself as a creative person begins by defining yourself. It begins when you declare your intent. Stand up tall and say it aloud, whatever it is.
I’m a writer.
Speak it. Let it know you’re there. Hell, let you know you’re there, because this statement of intent is just as much an announcement to yourself as it is an announcement to the universe or anybody else. Hearing this announcement, your soul will mobilize accordingly. It will mobilize ecstatically, in fact, because this is what your soul was born for. Trust me, your soul has been waiting for you to wake up to your own existence for years.
Who can argue with that?
Will you join me on November 1st?