Did you know Cleopatra lived closer to the invention of the iPhone than she did to the building of the Great Pyramid? That’s not the image we have of Cleopatra, do we? – to us, she is associated with slaves building the Egyptian pyramids.
Misconceptions are dangerous things. We too can have wrong thoughts and ideas regarding being first-time authors and concerning getting published. God made us unique and creative after his image. The old adage, “Everyone has at least one good book in them” makes us new authors feel like we are insignificant – just one in six billion.
Our culture tends to define success in some very obvious ways. You are a success if your book becomes a bestseller or wins an award. However, perhaps a better definition of success is simply doing what you were made to do and using your gift with diligence to make a difference in the world through your writing.
Here are 10 FAQs that will help you tread the way:
Before we start contemplating on the topic let us first clear the air on what a book coach really is. In fact the job descriptions of a book coach, writing coach and editor are different yet analogous.
Let’s have a look, shall we?
A writing coach will assist you in the actual writing of your book. These folks may have you write a certain number of words, chapters, etc. and then will review what you’ve written. Depending on what you’ve accomplished, they may tell you to move on or do a rewrite to make it right.
Writing coaches can be hired by authors for the entire book development project from initial idea to final manuscript draft. Or, if authors are having difficulty with various passages or some writing technique, they can hire a writing coach to help get clarity, build skill, and get encouragement.
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“I don’t have the time.” “I can’t motivate myself to write every day.” “I’m not inspired to write anything today.”
Or how about:
“I’m great at starting a book … it’s the finishing that’s the problem.” “How do I know finishing the book’s even worth it?” “I keep getting new writing ideas I’m more excited to work on than the last one.”
I’m sure you’ve been there. Procrastinating on writing because emails have to be answered, or clients need your attention. Trying different writing disciplines (like writing in the morning/late at night, or for 30 minutes a day) and sticking to none of them.
As an indie writer with helpful tips and positive stories about life with its ups and downs, you naturally want to reach as many people as possible. Unfortunately, this simple wish can be hard to fulfill if you are competing with the “Rowlings” of the self-help category for the launch of your first book…or the second.
Understand that if a book does not make it to the front page of a best seller list in a given category, it will not likely be discovered by readers. It is like being on the fourth page of Google results. Nobody every goes to the fourth page…
Journaling is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time
Of all the things that have been registered as extremely helpful in an author’s personal growth and goal achievement, the meticulous habit of writing serves as a firm footing on which the road to success is laid. Writing in a journal everyday holds all aspects of your career together. Many famous writers have kept journals or diaries- for many it is a creative necessity, for others a place of self exploration and for some an art form in itself. It not only renders you the time and head space to write but also forces you to contemplate and analyse what you’ve just read. There are days when an author may not show any tangible progress at all for days together and may fall into the vicious circle of despair and frustration. A journal comes as a savior on these days too to help them realise that as long as they reflect upon the areas of improvement and work upon the areas they are are struggling with, it’s still progress.
Speaking of the technicalities, let’s dive straight into the topic, shall we?
What is journaling?
A journal is a written record of your thoughts, experiences, and observations. You can write in your journal daily, or only when you feel the urge. Journaling, though is a thoroughfare of emotional exploration, a way to chanel difficult situations or personal shortcomings into healthy and creative outcomes. journaling is whatever you want it to be. Underneath, it’s the gateway to recording life, experiencing all manner of emotions and uncovering parts of yourself you never thought existed.
Here in this post we have tips and tricks of the perfecting this art from the master himself:- John Lee DumasRead More
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Many authors are also entrepreneurs, and for them, a book isn’t just about sharing their message with the world. They also want it to help position them as a leading expert in their industry, and they use their book as a key marketing tool to attract new customers.
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