By: Guest Blogger, DeBora M. Ricks
Want to write a book?
If you're like more than 80% of Americans then writing a book is on your Bucket List.
Still, only about 5% of that 80% actually go on to write and publish a book. That bothers me. See, a book is a masterful way to leave your mark on the world.
Don't you want to leave something good behind long after you're gone?
Sure you do.
Not to mention, just as Dr. Maya Angelou so aptly put it:
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
But why suffer when you can succeed?
If you've been thinking, talking and dreaming about being a published author, if you have, or are willing to cultivate these three mindsets then you have the foundation for writing a book: Commitment, Courage and Confidence.
The pivotal mindset is COMMITMENT:
If you are going to author a book, you have to be committed. Without commitment nothing happens. No. Thing. Happens. Without. Commitment. But with commitment, everything happens because anything is possible! First we commit to a thing, a person, a project, then comes our demonstration of that commitment. Our actions tell us and others what we are committed to. Like my dad was fond of saying, "Talk is cheap." So when you say you're going to write a book that's talk. Is it cheap talk? If you're just talking, wishing, and hoping, and aren't writing then yup, your talk is cheap. How do I know this? It's very simple, you aren't writing.
Real commitment translates into action.
Commitment works the same everywhere. So if you intend to one day be a published author then you must take consistent action that produces the desired results: a book.
Then there's COURAGE:
Joseph Rudyard Kipling, English short-story writer, poet, and novelist says, "Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind." We know this, if not consciously unconsciously. We know words have power. People write books to teach, persuade, educate, enlighten, inspire, inform, entertain, move others to action. That is, they want their words to affect their reader. If you are uncomfortable with this power, that discomfort could keep you from writing the book that's throbbing in your soul. But, as you undoubtedly know, courage isn't the absence of fear but the willingness to act in the face of fear. Even if the book that you'd like to write doesn't require you to bare your soul, it nonetheless takes courage to let the world in on your thoughts and ideas. What if your ideas are stupid? What if nobody's interested in what YOU have to say? Besides, you don't know what you're talking about, right? Who told you you were an authority on...? Nobody's going to buy it. You're wasting your time. Yak, yak, yak, yak…goes your gremlins, better known as your "inner critic." And they speak with such conviction…if you're not vigilant they'll rob you of your dreams.
I know plenty of would-be authors who have spent years writing a book, but never publish because their gremlins have told them a load of lies, that they apparently believe.
One more thing; let me reiterate this: courage is not the absence of fear but the willingness to act with fear nipping at your heels.
Lastly, we explore CONFIDENCE or BELIEF IN YOURSELF:
Believe in you. Trust that you have something to say and that how you say it is good enough and worthy of being read. I know too many would-be authors who never get their books in print because they don’t believe they have the chops to write a book worth reading.
Julie Williamson, an entrepreneur, blogger and author of Creating Your Life
Plan: Practical Ways to Manifest a Life You Can Love and Enjoy writes:
"I started writing my book in 2006. I remember writing daily in the beginning but because of problems that I was experiencing in my personal life, writing quickly became hard and soon after I stopped. The most challenging aspect of writing my book was finding the motivation and drive to write. There were times in my life when I was depressed and unhappy. All I could remember was asking myself, 'What gives you the authority to write a book instructing people how to live a happy and fulfilling life when you aren’t?' It wasn’t until February 2013 when I finally decided to finish writing and publish my book."
When Julie's belief in herself reemerged, she tapped the power within and was then able to complete her book and get it published. She adds, "The night I realized I wanted to finish the book, I finished writing and published within hours. The next day my book was available for purchase in the Amazon Kindle Store."
So, do you have the three mindsets to write a book? If your commitment, courage and belief in yourself are BIGGER than your self-doubt, tendency to procrastinate, and feelings of unworthiness then congratulations, you have much of what it takes to be an author.
DeBora M. Ricks, Coach/Author/Editor
This article was adapted from DeBora’s most recent book, Write That Book! How to Start or Finish the Book You Are Meant to Write. Now on Amazon.com. For a autographed copy go to www.DeBoraRicks.com While you're there, please join her mailing list!
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