I want to Write a Book. I want to Write a Book. Do you get it? I want to write a book so badly and I don’t know what is stopping me – time, money, energy, patience, fear?
I keep telling myself I want to write a book as if the internal motivation is enough to actually make it happen. I want to write a book in part to check off a bucket list accomplishment (and so my sister Amy won’t be the only published author in the family – sensing a little competition here?), perhaps as a legacy to my son documenting the sacrifices our family made to grow a successful business out of nothing or even a product to compliment a current business service offering.
I get it - writing a book takes time and energy and patience and brain power and determination and so many technical skills that I will need to draw on a great number of resources to make this venture a success. As the New Year approaches, I am certain my thoughts today have connected that maybe it’s time to take the leap, write down a plan and see what I can actually accomplish towards writing a book in 2017.
Those who know me know that I am really big about writing things down and getting things done. I am a finisher – never quit – never say die – there is always a way to connect the dots and make something happen. Once you state a task to perform, whether it be completing an assignment, finishing a household chore (verbally or in writing) you are now committed. Sometimes reevaluation is required and timelines may be adjusted so that you are not ultimately committed to the asylum, but you get the idea.
State it out loud, write it down, release it to the universe and make it real.
Writing a book to me, is a lot like the process of building a savings account. You have to work at it, little by little, day by day, week by week until something slightly more significant emerges. Folks, I am here to tell you, I am a pretty good saver. If I can channel my inner “see a penny, pick it up” mentality to book writing, maybe, just maybe in a year I will be further ahead.
I have three tactical strategies that I will be using to make this “writing a book” project move forward:
- Use my car time effectively. I drive 40 minutes to and from work every day. I generally don’t listen to the radio and for a while I was listening to different podcasts, but I found myself becoming a distracted driver trying to take too many notes while in rush hour traffic. My car time is now “idea generation time.” Time think, ponder, noodle . . . whatever you call it . . . maybe I am working on inner peace.
- Learn to operate the voice recorder on my phone. I am not proud to say and will rarely admit that I am completely addicted to the show “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” where ladies from all walks of life embark on a journey to become one of America’s Sweethearts. I love how Kelli Finglass talks into her phone and then has her notes transcribed into what I assume makes up the final face-to-face sessions when Kelli says “this isn’t your year.” Anyway, if I can master the voice recorder, then the storyline (content of the book) will flow naturally versus me writing short notes while playing chicken with the cows and the chickens (you guessed it, a 40 minute one way drive = country living).
- Focus on writing every day. Whether the idea is small or I am able to write several pages. Organize a “safe place” for my ideas, thoughts and doodles.
A couple of years ago, a friend purchased a Kate Spade notebook for me and on the front, it said “She is quick and curious and playful and strong.” I used that notebook to chronical a yearlong leadership program and it was a wonderful testament to the new ideas, awareness of others and growth that I experienced. That was a great tool for capturing the specific and related thoughts to the process.
I am old school and I do enjoy the physical elements of writing. Literally the thoughts flowing out of my brain, extending down my arm to the graceful words written on fine paper. As a child I was criticized greatly for my handwriting skills and now . . . well I write calligraphy invitations by hand. So, the first drafts will be old school - handwritten. The process may take longer, but the content will be more real and raw.
I am now off to find me the perfect journal that can take my colored pens and pencil and whip them into to a frenzy of what might someday resemble me writing a book.
Leanne E. King, CEO & President
Business Crusader by day, gardener and general crafty person by night - committed to writing something.