I thought it would take me two, max three weeks to edit my book. But two months on and I am still editing my book.
I missed my deadline of October 12th 2016 to publish.
And how does this make me feel?
Well, six months ago, I would have had a tantrum and engaged in some self loathing, i.e doubting my skills as a writer and entrepreneur. And then eating a large slice of cake to soothe the pain.
But today, I can look at my work and think, hey, it’s OK to have a few delays in your work. As long as you keep putting in the work the outcome will take care of itself.
So today I want to let you know that if perhaps you are behind on your work, or something has not turned out the way you wanted it to, don’t worry. Practically everyone feels the same way almost every day.
We look around ourselves and think that everyone else is doing so much better than we are. That another writer is writing so many more words that you are. That other’s are publishing more books than you are.
But that’s not the point. The point is, doing creative work will always be something that is slightly out of your total control.
Creativity in itself is magical and needs to take its time to come up to the surface and express itself fully. And this means it cannot be rushed.
Just like a baby needs a full nine months in her mother’s womb to develop, our work also needs to take its time to be nurtured, created and birthed into the world.
And all we can do in the interim is nourish that creativity, take care of yourself and keep putting in the work.
To nourish your creativity, you need to keep exercising it. So turn up every day and let your creativity express itself, whether it be through the words you write or the business you are working on.
Take care of the vehicle your creativity resides in, yourself. Don’t be too hard on yourself if what you are creating and producing is not exactly what you want it to be.
Be patient with the process and be gentle with yourself.
Telling yourself you are a rubbish writer or no one will read your books is not going to help your self-esteem. We are all works in progress. Embrace it, own it and just do the work. Worry less about the outcome and focus more on the process of creating.
For now, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I want to be an author and an entrepreneur. I want to be an Author Entrepreneur. And I know I want to get this book out into the world. Why? Because I have always wanted to write a book, I have a message I want to share and I know my book will inspire and empower my readers to find their passions and live life on purpose.
The book I’m currently writing (well, editing , at this point in time) documents the journey and steps I took to leave a corporate job I was miserable in and to tune into and find the work I wanted to spend my time and energy on instead.
Our time is our life. How you spend your time is how you spend your life.
So if you do not like where you are currently spending your time, then you are wasting your life on something that does not matter. And more importantly, you are wasting, not spending your time, which is finite.
You cannot buy more time. So make your time count. Do work you care about and that which energises your soul. My book shows you this type of life is available to you and shows you how to take baby steps to get there.
My medium of communicating this story is through words hence why I’m writing a book about it. But I want this book to be great and touch the lives of my readers. And if that means I still need to spend more time editing, then so be it.
I would rather ship a quality product late than a shoddy product early in order to hit an arbitrary deadline.
Writing is not just about the writing. It’s about building habits, patience and developing a deep passion and commitment for your work.
Sure it sucks having to face delays and numerous re-writes but this is where passion keeps you going. Coming back to the manuscript day in day out even when you don’t feel like it trains you to adopt Pro writer habits. And this is how you become one step closer to becoming an author entrepreneur; a business-savvy author.
What are you struggling with in your writing at the mo? Please share. I would love to help!