Writing a Book – The Time is Now!

It’s been a tough few weeks on the personal side of life. A friend passed away due to complications from cancer treatment, another dear friend has just started the fight, and I’ve recently learned of an aging friend just being moved to a nursing home. Tomorrow, I head south to visit my uncle, who is now is assisted living. He’s doing okay, but his life is no long what he envisioned his late years would be.

Okay, before you think this post is all sad news, let me explain. With all these recent events I am reminded once again that life is a precious gift. Not just my life or your life, but the lives of our friends and family. I want to spend more time with the people I care about…and I want to make that time to see them that I never seem to have. I want to be fully present…be in the moment…every moment. And, I’ve remember the importance of going after dreams.

Stack of booksI’m sure I’m not the only one who spends too much time on Someday Isle. You know the place, right? “Someday I’ll travel to Europe.” “Someday I’ll learn to paint.” “Someday I’ll write a book.” Well, guess what? THE TIME IS NOW! What are we waiting for anyway? If you want something to happen, you have to take action. It’s been said that 80% of reaching a goal is just showing up! Okay, I made up that statistic, but 75% of all stats are fabricated anyway. Creative math aside, that does not lessen the importance of showing up…of going after dreams and being in the moment.

So, if one of your dreams has always been to write a book…start today. Whether you spend two hours or 10 minutes…get started. Where to start? Pick your topic. What is ONE thing you want to share? Who do you want to share it with? If you need some help, consider hiring an authors coach or a ghostwriter, depending on whether you need more help with the process or the writing.

A view from my Summer 2011 writers vacation. I think I need to do it again!

I’m inspired by my friend who has always wanted to live on a farm. What did she do? Moved into the country, bought some land and an aging farmhouse. She’s now working on fixing up the old farmhouse and putting in a garden, horse barn and chicken coop. She just took one step and then another. It may take her longer than she hoped. It may (okay will) cost more than she budgeted…but she’s going after her dream. Oh, and she’s a writer too…so follow her blog about the Literal Road Farm makeover!

Now, back to you. Have you jotted down a few ideas yet? What can I do to help you get starting on writing your book?

Me? I’m sailing away from Someday Isle and along with being a ghostwriter for some awesome folks, I am getting started on my next project…finishing my musical. So stay tuned for updates.