Many of us have dreamed of being a best-selling author, whether it’s a great business book, true story…or even a mystery or romance novel. However, too many people never get past the dreaming part. They’re too busy, too afraid of failure, or too worried they aren’t a good writer to actually write anything. So it remains an illusive dream.
Guess what? Even great writers can have a fear of writing. What do you think writer’s block is? Sure, sometimes it’s being stuck without an idea…but mostly it’s blind linear panic about serving up bad writing. Screenwriting professor and script guru, Richard Walter, said “Writers love having written something, but hate the actual writing.” That may not be a direct quote, but that’s the general idea.
And, I love the story Stephen King shares about James Joyce in his memoir, On Writing. The story, or myth, is that a friend dropped by to see James and found him “sprawled across his writing desk in utter despair. “James, what’s wrong?” the friend asked. “Is it the work?” James indicates assent without even raising his head to look at his friend. Of course it’s the work; isn’t it always? “How many words did you get today?” the friend pursued. Joyce (still in despair, still sprawled facedown on his desk): “Seven.” “Seven? But James…that’s good, at least for you!” “Yes,” Joyce said, finally looking up. “I suppose it is…but I don’t know what order they go in!”
So, if it can be so hard for professional writers, what can you do to get a book written? How can you actually go after your dream of authorship? HIRE A GHOST WRITER! Yep, a ghost writer. A professional writer who can take your story, great idea, wonderful system…whatever it is you want to write about…and get it onto the page for you. If you’re not trying to write the next “Great American Novel” a ghost writer could be the solution you’ve been searching for all along. For non-fiction books, having someone who knows the craft and will share their time and talent can easily turn you into a published author.Using a ghost writer is NOT a negative. Ghost writers help people who are too busy, too easily distracted, or just hate sitting at a computer. And, remember that being a book author has many benefits:
- It increases your visibility and credibility.
- It can open doors to speaking and teaching opportunities.
- It can be a great add-on to your service or become a stream of passive income.
So, for many of you, having a book just makes sense. So, go after your dream, hire a ghost writer and get cracking! Check out my next post – How to Hire a Ghost Writer.
Keep going after your dreams!!
Even the best intentions can get waylaid. Even when we KNOW what are to do, we don’t. Yes, I’ve been absent from my blog of late. Yes, I KNOW I should post 2-3 times weekly. So, where have I been? I woke up one Tuesday morning in March to a computer crash that kept me offline and out of the loop for almost two weeks. It’s quite humbling and frustrating to realize how much of my business is on the computer and online. However, doing my best to be in the moment, I re-acquainted myself with the library and checked out a laptop to read emails, put out fires and make at least one of my deadlines. Beyond that, not much got done online.Still, I wanted to continue going after my dreams so I wrote timelines, created do-do lists and started purging my office of all the years of paper and clutter that have been building up around me. Now? I have a new computer! My office closet is empty and I’m almost caught up and back on track.
Here’s the thing…we all get derailed occasionally. Life happens. But, we can still show up as soon as we can. We can always be in the moment, even if that moment isn’t looking like what we had written in our daily schedule. So, don’t worry as much about what you THOUGHT you were going to do or where you thought you were going to be. Just look around, notice where you are and move forward from there. It’s not too late to go after your dreams, whatever they may be.
I don’t know about you, but I’m back in the saddle and ready for the ride of my life. Check out my next post on why hiring a ghostwriter may be just the thing you need to do and why ebooks are a great tool. This from a book-phile with a stack of paperbacks by the bed!
Happy Tax Day!
A dream or goal should be so BIG you can’t do it alone. Ivan Misner, Founder of BNI says a good goal is a BHAG. That’s a Big Hairy Audacious Goal! Down south I learned it as “Go Big or Go Home!” In other words, if you’re going after a dream you really should challenge yourself to do something, achieve something that scares you a little bit. Dare to attempt something so beyond what you’re currently doing that you cannot do it alone. Then, of course, that means you need help! From friends, co-workers, family, God, mentors…or someone you don’t even know yet.
Why? What’s wrong with achieving something all on your own? Nothing. But chances are, the big stuff requires support. Ask almost any successful person if they got to where they are alone and they’ll tell you they had help. And, they’re okay admitting it because it doesn’t take away from what they’ve achieved. It means that the goal was important enough for them to do whatever it took to make it happen.
So what’s your goal? What kind of help do you need? Do you need encouragement? Do you need to learn new skills? Do you need to learn from someone who’s gone before you so you don’t make the same mistakes? The first step in accomplishing your goal, in going after your dream (after you’ve set said goal, of course) is to figure out who or what you need to help you get there. Don’t be afraid to ask for support, feedback, information, ideas and accountability. So get out there and dream big. And remember…Go Big….or Go Home!
Have you ever talked with someone and you could just tell their mind was somewhere else? They gave you that glassy-eyed look when you opening your heart about going after your dreams? Maybe you’re sitting in a coffee shop and they get distracted by everyone who walks in or out of the door. Or, maybe you asked them a question and you go no response. How did that make you feel? I know…sucky, right?
To truly be effective in anything, you have to learn to be in the moment. The importance of showing up means more than just physically being somewhere. Trust me, I know there are times when that’s pretty difficult. The daily stress of finances, health, work pressure and deadlines, relationship woes, family concerns…it can all crowd into our mind and distract our thoughts. The next thing you know…someone asks, “Where are you? You’re sure not here.”
While there’s no magic bullet to make sure you mentally and emotionally ‘show up’ when you physically show up, there is something you can remember that will help. It’s simple really…remember the golden rule. Treat others as you’d like to be treated. If you’re meeting a friend to talk, you want them ready to listen. If you’re working on a project with someone, you want your business partner there to help. So, do the same thing for them. Check your baggage at the door and be in the moment. How? Literally take a second before you get out of the car, off the bus, open the door or answer the phone. Take a deep breath and just tell yourself, I will be truly present in this conversation, meeting, event. I will leave my thoughts and worries behind for now…it’s not like they won’t be there later. I will give what I hope to receive…my attention and my presence.
One of my goals for 2011 is to answer the Role Call: Mavis – “Present!” How about you?
With the new year comes new ideas, new dreams, new goals. One of the most important things you can do when you have something you want to accomplish is to actually DO IT! Too often we sit around and wait for the stars to align, to have enough money, to have more spare time, to get through this challenge and over that hurdle…then we’ll start on that dream. Deep down, we know if we wait for the perfect time, it will never come. We won’t actually learn to paint, lose 20 pounds, start our own business, go after the relationship we truly deserve…but we’ll dream about it.
Well, let’s stop dreaming and just jump right into step one!
It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect. Who cares if we fall down and scrape our knees about…at least we’re moving forward. Remember, if you want to walk on water you have to get out of the boat! If you’re ready to get out of the boat, you’re about to change your world. You do that with one simple thing…you show up! I mean you really show up and are 100% present in whatever your dream is. Whether it’s about your work, your passion, your relationships, your health or your spirituality…you have to show up! That means you are in that moment without your baggage. Simple…but not easy. So, more on how to do that in future posts. Just know it’s time to get out of your boat!