Hi there. Not gonna take up much of your time. I just have a little something burning a hole in my brain/heart, and it needs out.
Disclaimer: this post may not be for you. If you’ve never thought to yourself, “I should write a book…” Or maybe, “I would love to write a book someday…” Or perhaps, “I wonder if I have what it takes to write a book…”
Maybe none of your friends/teachers/family members have ever told you things like: “You should totally write a book!!!” Or, “Oh my word! You are such a good writer!! When are you going to write a book!”
And so on and such as.
Not for you. This post is just for the people who HAVE thought one of those things or HAVE had someone say something similar to them.
I just published my 9th book yesterday. (The breakdown, if you’re interested: 1 self-published book, 4 traditionally-published books, 4 self-published e-books.) Some of you might be impressed. Others not so much. (I’m kind of over it myself.)
If you’ve been around for long, you know my little whine-and-cheese story of books published before the internet hit the world, two books out of print, many failed attempts to get published again after that, “settling” for e-books and then realizing that it’s actually a dream come true for me. Not because I make a lot of money or suddenly became famous. (Read more here. And also here. Oh, and here.)
Here’s what I want to say. My newest book is a memoir (which is, by far, my favorite genre), and it’s probably the “easiest” to write, because you get to just write what you know, to tell what happened to you, to share your story.
And, friends, we were made to share our stories.
I’ve written about this in the past, and I’m going to be writing about it more in the future, but here’s the deal: I’m passionate about helping people pursue their passions for the glory of God.
And a lot of you are passionate about writing. And some of you aren’t so sure you love writing, but you’ve got a story burning inside of you, begging to be told.
Let’s tell it. Let’s go for it. And by us, I mean YOU. What’s it gonna hurt? Unlike other hobbies, it’s not expensive; it doesn’t require any equipment. No one is gonna see you doing it; no one is going to watch you fail.
What’s holding you back??
I know, I know. Lots of things.
Fear. (What if I’m not good enough? What if no one wants to read it? What if I never finish it?)
Time. (I work 40 hours a week. I have a family. I’m a mom to a toddler and a newborn. I have a million other commitments right now.)
I’m not asking you to write a book in three months. I’m asking you to start hammering out some words on your computer. Tonight.
If it doesn’t “work out,” you’ve lost nothing. You’ve put words to your thoughts. You’ve recorded memories. You’ve exercised your brain. WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN.
You may not believe this, but writing a book is hard work. Hard because it takes lots of time and discipline and the willingness to write/re-write/re-write/re-write. (When I write a book, it doesn’t come out all happy all in a row all at once.)
But anyone can do it. Really. Will it be a best-seller? No promises. But even if your mom is the only one to read it, YOU WROTE A BOOK.
I just got a Facebook message today from a woman who said I’ve inspired her to write, to follow her dream. WOOHOO!! That’s a big, huge chunk of why I do what I do: to inspire others to follow their own God-given dreams.
Is he nudging you right now??
If so, I want to know.
Who’ll be brave and say they’ve got a book inside of them dying to come out?? (for bonus points, can I have a 1-sentence synopsis?)