Eager to jump and yet paralyzed by fear, that’s how I felt! Of course we could have turned around and backed out once we realized it was much further than it originally looked. We could have let fear grip us and allow our minds talk us out of what we wanted. In the background we can hear the line of kids behind us impatiently waiting for their turn to face this challenge. Our hearts are racing and just when we think we can’t do it…
We find the courage and take the plunge!
I finished writing my first book on Saturday and I want to share my journey with you in hopes that you’ll take the plunge in your own life. To begin with I never saw myself as a writer even though it comes easily to me. I never have a lack of ideas or inspiration. I never had a problem with essays in school but I let one comment from a teacher stay with me for far too long.
You have horrible spelling, grammar and punctuation.
I took this to mean, “You Can’t Write!”.
After returning from the U.S. I had many people suggest that I write a book about my experiences living overseas. I thought that was a good idea but then I would remind myself, I’m not a writer. I mean, if I was a writer I would happily write about living in another country, the kids, the adventures, the lessons I learned…BUT I’M NOT A WRITER. Thanks anyway.
Fast forward a few years and Derek and I start a blog for our business. Blogging meant writing about 350 word articles on any subject that would be interesting or helpful to our audience. Derek took the lead on the blog because, yes, you guessed it, I’m not a writer! As our business grew Derek often didn’t have time to keep up with the blog and he encouraged me to write more. At first I wrote in a way I thought writers write. You know this cold, “professional” voice that no one cares to read. I had him proofread my posts to be sure all my spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes were corrected. I would read and reread each post half a dozen times before hitting the publish button.
I was trying to write right.
Derek picked up on what I was doing and encouraged me to write the way I talk. He reminded me that I have no problem talking. (All of my teachers would agree with him on that one!) Hum, he was right. I love to talk and I have no problem connecting with people in person so maybe I could transfer than into my writing. Once I found my own voice blogging became fun for me. My readers could relate and were connecting on a deeper level. Our audience was growing and our business was too!
My old belief started dissolving and soon I was day dreaming about the books that I had in my head but never put to paper. One of them was simply a collection of little things that make life better. Some were meditations, others were specific things to do, but I wanted them all in one place so I could remind myself of what was most important in life.
I started writing them down here and there but then concluded that it would never sell so I stopped.
I love going to get the mail and one day a small padded envelope arrived from my Dad. Inside was a little, square book called, “When I Loved Myself Enough”. As soon as I saw the book I heard…
“When you love yourself enough you’ll write your books FOR YOURSELF.”
I nearly collapsed beneath the weight of that Truth. I got it and I decided that I would write my books. No more hesitating, no more thinking about it, analyzing it, just DOING IT!
I looked at the different book ideas in my mind and it was very clear which one would be first.
Celebrating Life 365 Ways
It was simple. It would naturally give way to the books that would follow. Plus it would become my personal manual. My Dad is editing this book for me which seems fitting to me. Next it will go to print. I also want to make it available on eReaders and as a tear off calendar, heck maybe an app.
The final thought I want to leave you with is this:
Hungry for More, A. Monika
You don’t have to be a writer to write a book.
You don’t have to be an artist to paint.
You don’t have to be a chef to cook.
But if you have an idea, inspiration, passion, whatever you want to call it…You Can Walk It Out – Have Faith!
p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!