You want to write that novel that has been rattling around in your head for years. Or, you know you should write that non-fiction book for your business because you understand the principle that it is important to be seen as a business expert and a published author. But the idea of writing a 200-300 page book seems so overwhelming and intimidating that you just can't seem to get going. Besides, your book will be a success only if someone wants to read it, it is well written, and provides enough information that your potential readers want more. How do you do that if you don't even know where to start?
My suggestion would be to take a writing class, or an online writing course or a writer's workshop. Even if you don't think you can write a single word, or don't have a clue of what to write, or think you hate writing, if you get connected to people who know how to write, you will learn tips and techniques that will take your ideas and turn them into something worth publishing and maybe even learn to have fun when you write!
When I run an Our Little Books' Writer's Workshop, I have people set out their intentions for the day before we even start. I feel that if people put what they want to accomplish out into the nethersphere, then they are more likely to focus on what they want to do with their writing all during the day. I always include myself in this intention stating process as my intentions as the writing guide, are small. All I really want to have done by the end of the day is to change everyone's lives, even if just a little! As I said, nothing too big...
I don't expect major life altering shifts (although that has happened), but rather I want participants to walk out of there thinking a bit differently about themselves. I want them to be more aware of their writing and their ability to write. I want them to realize that writing will change them as a person and that what they write will change others. People don't write in a vacuum. You not only write for others, you write for yourself, and that process has to change you in some degree.
In an Our Little Books Writer's Workshop, we walk through connecting to your deeper self because before you can write for someone else, you have to know who you are. We talk about why YOU are specifically the one to write YOUR book. We spend a lot of time on stories because stories are the key to connecting you to someone else. We connect our stories to our passions and what we may be passionate about. We talk about publishing and spend time really defining who we are writing for (and it's not 'anyone breathing'!). We mind map our book, getting at least 10 chapter ideas to start. Throughout this whole process, we write, write and write. It is a writer's workshop after all!
What this process accomplishes is a much better understanding of who you are, how your stories connect you to everyone and how you can change someone's life with your book. That is a very powerful process. Going through that process can not help but change you in any number of ways, certainly the least of which is having you feel like a writer. Then you only have to take the next step and finish getting your book written!
Candace Davenport is a Writing Mentor and Publishing Consultant for Our Little Books. For those of you who would like to work with her 1 on 1 on how to write your book, or would like to explore how you can publish with Our Little Books, please contact her for a free consultation. For those interested in getting started writing, the next one-day Writer's Workshop will be on 5/16/15 in Alameda, CA.