How long have you had a dream to write a book?
I’m guessing more than a few months. If you’re like me, and many of the women in the writers’ groups I belong to, this dream has been on your bucket list for years.
So, what’s been holding you back?
- You want to achieve that goal.
- You know how to write.
- Even if you don’t know whether or not you can write a bestseller, you know that you have a story that needs to be told.
- And in your heart, you also know that you have the tools to tell it.
What’s kept you from getting your book written?
Why haven’t you put your bum in your chair and fingers to keyboard after so much time thinking about that story that’s in your heart and needs to be in the world?
You probably tell yourself that you don’t have time. But you know that’s not the case.
The vast majority—like 99% of writers who have books on Amazon—are writing in the edges of their lives, not as their job. So, if six million other people (of which we can guesstimate, three million women) can find the time, so can you.
You may be telling yourself that you don’t know how to tell your story.
But the funny thing is that you’ve lived that story in your head so many times that you really do know how to tell it. You may not know how to write it because — this is the hard part to accept — you haven’t taken the time to drive around in the wilderness and get lost with it.
If this is your first book, your first adventure into writing, then you can count on wandering. It won’t be a straight-line trip from brain to Amazon.com.
And I know that lots and lots and lots of people sell programs that will tell you the opposite, say you can write a book in a week or a month. I won’t say they are lying, since it can be a straight line, but if you’re not experienced, odds are you will get lost.
Unfortunately, once lost, many could-be — should-be! — authors lose confidence and give up.
Why I created the Write, Woman, Write community
It took me ten full years to move from declaring that I was going to write a book to actually holding that baby in my hands. But it only took one year to write my first novel. Then I spent six years doubting myself and the story. So I wrote a second novel in about six months. And… let it sit under my bed for two years while I doubted myself and the story. That’s just crazy!
So, after pushing past all of the roadblocks that every writer faces while working on her first (and often second and third) book, I decided that it was important to me to help other women get their first story into the world; to take that road trip with their story so that they can feel the joy, the pride, and the accomplishment of finally, finally being able to say, “I wrote my story! I AM AN AUTHOR!”
So, if you want to get your story out of your heart and into readers’ hands — regardless of whether that story is a novel, a memoir, a how-to, a series of short stories, a series of blog posts — taking this trip with other writers like you could be just what you need. You’ll have a co-driver (the Write, Woman, Write community and myself) who will be here pointing at the map and giving you directions, telling you to speed up when you’re driving too slow, helping you find fuelling stations when your creativity flags and rest stops to recharge your motivation (and if you’re anything like me, pee!).
If you’re willing to be in that seat, the Write, Woman, Write community can help you reach your story-telling, book-writing, blog-posting destination. I’m certain, since it was a community of women just like this that helped me achieve my dream of becoming a published author.