So the only way you can start writing your first book is when you have a large author following, are active on all social media platforms, have mastered the art of writing, structuring, editing, book formatting and when all the stars in the universe are pointing east with a south – westerly wind direction.
Yup, you can start before you think you are ready.
And that’s exactly what I have done.
This is because this is the only way you can overcome your fear and actually write that book you have been talking about for months/ years (delete as appropriate).
Fear is just a thought and hides behind the pretence that you need to have/ do or be something in particular before you can start that book project.
Yes, it may help to have an author following or an author brand or an email list but all these things are secondary to the actual process of you starting.
The Art of the Start
And starting before you are ready is something that all successful people have in common.
Take for example Sir Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin. In his late twenties he was headed to the Virgin Islands and had a very pretty girl waiting for him so he was somewhat determined to reach there in time.
At this point in time, although he was running his own business, he was relatively unknown with little money. However, at the airport, his final connecting flight to the Virgin Islands was cancelled due to maintenance.
It was the last flight of the night. Determined to reach his destination, Richard went ahead and chartered a private plane to take him to the Virgin Island, noting the fact that he did not in fact have the money to do so.
He picked up a small blackboard and wrote ‘Virgin Airlines $29′ and went over to the group of people who had been on the flight that was cancelled. He sold tickets for the rest of the seats on the plane and used the money to pay for the chartered plane and they all reached the Virgin Islands that very night.
What does this story show you? Hopefully that if you have the right mindset and you have a clear goal or destination then that is enough to get you started.
Branson had at that point not worked in the airline industry neither did he know anything about how to fly a plane or how they are made.
But all of that is irrelevant.
If you are working on something that is important to you , you will never feel ready because you naturally want it to be the best.
Working on something that is important to you is likely to be something that also excites you, yet challenges you at the same time. You can plan, outline and revise as much as you want but trust me, what you know right now is more than enough to get you started out of the first blocks.
We all start of in the same place; no money,no resources, no contacts, no experience. The difference is that some people, the winners, chose to start despite this.
No matter where you are in the works, regardless of which stage your book is at (even if it’s just an idea at this stage) know that you already know more than you need to start right now.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, I have already started on my new book project and am now 27k words in. It’s still first draft material but at this point that is not important.
All that matters is that I have started. I have moved from the ‘dreaming’ phase to the ‘doing’ phase. And its only when you DO will you will create the book you have burning on your heart.
The working draft title for my book is ‘How to Find your Passion’ and is about how you can do work that inspires you and is in line with your values and passion.
As a Coach I help people find their passions and live a life that inspires them and this book will be a place where I document all my learnings so that it can help you find your passion.
I’m looking forward to sharing my progress with you all in due course. I’m also hoping you will act as my accountability buddy since I’m publicly stating my goals of self-publishing my first book. It’s super exciting and super challenging but I am enjoying learning about writing and publishing.
Are you an Author Entrepreneur? Have you started your first book or are you on your fifth book? I would love to hear from you. Any tips on how to get started writing that book? Please share below!