Are you walking in the footprints of fear when it comes to writing your book?
Are One of These 3 Fears Stopping YOU From Moving Forward with YOUR Book?
1. I’m walking in the footprints of fear because I suck as a writer.
You don’t have to write your book yourself! Ghostwriters abound in a variety of price points these days. And if your budget can’t support a professional ghostwriter, you can work with a Writing Strategist to create a working Table of Contents and form the structure for your first three chapters. And if your budget can’t support that, I have a community writing group called Book Camp where you can pay a small monthly fee and surround yourself with other writers and training to get you where you need to be (See Services page)
2. I’m walking in the footprints of fear because I’m thinking, what if nobody wants to read what I have to say?
Somebody in this world of 8 billion people, is at least a handful of people who need to know what you know. They need to know your life struggles and how you’ve overcome them. They need to know what major obstacles you’ve hurdled and conquered. They need to know the good, the bad, and the ugly on how you’ve solved problems, both big and small. They need to know how you’ve bounced back from sickness, family death, and healing. They need to know your strategies for success, and I’m talking about non-traditional definitions of success.
Often we equate success with money and house and car. But there are other ways success can manifest itself, like having an emotionally-healthy family unit and having the ability to do exactly what you want to do on a daily basis. Can you boil down your major life lessons into 5 chapters? 7 chapters? 10 chapters? I guarantee you, SOMEBODY wants to read what you have to say!
3. I’m walking in the footprints of fear because I don’t want to make people mad by what I say.
The truth is: any writing involves risk. Yes, if your content is in any way controversial, you’re going to get criticized. My question to you is: Is it more important that nobody gets mad at you, or that you genuinely and authentically share from your heart?
Criticism can serve as a gift so you can shore up your facts and arguments in your book. Criticism also serves to make you more aware of how words impact readers. Using words to wield brutality at others
is going to waste paper and people’s time. Speaking an opinion and stating harsh facts based on extensive research and reliable sources will make people think, and you might even change someone’s stance.
Consider this: Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, says, “Making a judgment, taking a stand and then acting against an injustice or acting to support excellence is the stuff of the everyman hero. If you are an aspiring artist and you wish to avoid ‘judgments,’ you’ll find that you have nothing to say.”
What’s holding you back from starting…and finishing…your story? If you’re walking in the footprints of fear with one or all of the three points, or if you have a different fear, the best thing to do is to walk right past your fear. Hold your head up.
Remember how strong you are. Set your stance.
And write. (Or reach out to Winning Proof who can pair you with someone who can.)
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