A little bit of real talk here.
If you’ve ever thought, “I need to write a book…”
then YOU NEED TO WRITE A BOOK.
Writing a book isn’t easy. There’s this swirly (some would say it is a downward spiral) process to writing a book, one that seems to follow a similar path for most writers:
The Rough Draft
The Existential Crisis
There’s more, but I can pause at number 4. I speak locally about eBook writing and development, discussing the nature of book writing from a ghostwriting and publishing perspective. I’ve seen countless authors, writers, and small business owners go through those four stages, many of whom end up quitting writing, never to return to the process. Step 4 is akin to walking out on a stage, wearing nothing but bunny slippers. Something like that. It is scary to see all of your thoughts, expertise and/or emotions spilled out on paper (or a screen), ready to reveal to the whole world.
WHAT WILL THEY SAY? IS THIS ENOUGH? AM I ENOUGH? DO I WANT TO WRITE A BOOK? THIS IS WHY HEMINGWAY DRANK SO MUCH, ISN’T IT?
Rumor has it, 97% of writers never publish their book. They WRITE a book, but they never go forward with publishing that book. Most never get past the outline or rough draft stage. Maybe they don’t have any more time, or their energy is spent. Sometimes, it is just fear. So, what’s the answer?
Trust a professional. You may think your pile of paper is crap, but a professional editor or copywriter and tell you pretty quickly where to focus your energy, what type of information should be added or removed, and your next steps. A copywriter or editor isn’t your friend, and will give you the advice and support you need to get past step 4, and into the rest of the journey.