That’s a truth. I share it regularly.
At a recent weekend business event, I talked to at least 20 women who are either starting new businesses or were there to get advice on how to move their businesses to the next level. In each conversation I was asked what I do.
“I’m a writer,” I said. “I can be your writer, if you like.”
The eyes of every person I talked to lit up at that statement.
“I help people write books,” I continued. “I want women to tell the phenomenal story of them! Not just their business story, but the story of the phenomenal woman they are.”
I use the word phenomenal a lot. You’ll get used to it.
“I’ve always wanted to write a book,” some women said, in a voice barely above a whisper.
“I wouldn’t know how to begin writing a book,” other women said, as their gaze drifted off into musing on how awesome it would be to have a book, written by them, sitting on the table at a local book store.
“I started a book, but I never finished it,” other women said, with a sigh.
Here’s the reality. Writing a book doesn’t have to hurt. Many of us make it painful by not understanding the process that goes into writing a book. And yes, it’s a process.
Years ago, when I was the CEO of Windsor Media Enterprises, a print-on-demand publishing company, I had the pleasure to work with dozens of new and a few established authors. They wanted their books to be the best representation of them, and their business, that those stories could be, but they, like the women I talked to at my event, were suspicious of the writing process.
Let me unravel some of the mystery around writing a book.
- “I wouldn’t know where to begin!” As Alice in Wonderland was told by the Chesire Cat, you begin at the beginning. Not with the story in the book, but with the research into how the book will come to life. My advice – get a book coach. Yes, I’m available.
- “Isn’t it hard to write a book?” Indeed. There are hours of work involved. There’s commitment and dedication and desire to achieve a higher level of being. The choice to become an author is a solid decision to take charge of your future, and to begin a new path of recognition. Authors are considered experts because they have taken the time and put in the energy to produce something of value to not only themselves, but thousands of others. Your book coach can keep you on track and make sure your expertise shines properly in your book.
- “My story isn’t worth telling. I’m not … book-worthy.” Oh please! Stop the humble act. Or the ‘poor me’ act. You know it isn’t true. If you’ve decided to start a business, if you’ve decided to make a success of your knowledge and expertise, you have a book in you. You need to be sharing that expertise. Every story is worth telling. The key is in ‘how’ you tell it. To properly tell a phenomenal story, outside eyeballs are necessary. Eyeballs that understand the power of the story and can help you bring it to life.
- “I never liked writing in school. I’m a better speaker than writer.” This is truly not possible. Speaking evolves from writing. If you’re speaking, then you’re writing out loud. There are tools to take your spoken words and turn them into text on the page. How awesome is that? If you’re not speaking yet, you should be and sometimes writing a book brings out that amazing speaker hiding inside!
- “I can’t afford to write a book.” You can’t afford not to. You can’t afford to lose your story in the minutiae of every day life. Your story exists and I hear it crying out every time you give your 30 second elevator pitch! Every day that goes by that you ignore that story, it loses a little bit of substance. The edges begin to fray. The color begins to fade. Over time, you lose the powerful and phenomenal story that is you and a new story emerges. It’s probably a good story, but it lacks the emotion and connection of who you are now, at this moment. When someone says she cannot afford to write a book, I always cringe. Because, she’s really telling me she isn’t willing to invest in herself. She invests in her business, but she is not willing to put the time and effort into herself. It’s selfish. That’s what I hear her saying. It makes me sad. Because I know, 100%, that she will come back to me or to some other book coach in 5-10 years, and a book will get written. And the phenomenal story will just be a chapter.
Your phenomenal self deserves a book. Your phenomenal story needs telling now.
Getting the book inside of you out doesn’t have to hurt. There will be a little ouch, but no more than a bee sting, if you work with a book coach.
The reality is that getting your story out of you and into a book is truly a process. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Find someone to talk to about it. At least begin the conversation – yes, I am available for that. Email me yvonne (at) yvonnedivita (dot) come and we’ll do a half hour free consultation to uncover the how and why of YOUR phenomenal story and how it fits into a book.
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