NAPW boasts a membership of professional women from across a wide spectrum of industries and professions. One thing we came to realize along the way is that we have quite a few authors in this organization!
We’re sure there are just as many, if not more, aspiring authors out there. And if you’ve had a great storyline floating around in your head but haven’t taken that first step to put the pen to the paper, a good place to start would be to make a list to help motivate yourself, outlining reasons to write.
Guest contributor and NAPW member, Mae Hoover, provides some guidance:
If I wrote a book what would it do for me?
- People would look at me differently — not just as my good ole’ friend, but as an actual author.
- I’d be a celebrity.
- I might be asked to speak to groups and show my book.
- I might even be asked to autograph my book.
- A book would let people know me as an expert in my field.
- It would help market my goods or services.
- That would help my business.
- My boss might be impressed with my expertise.
- That could mean a raise or a promotion.
- It tells people I am someone who accomplishes what I set out to do.
So why should I write a book?
- My friends are always telling me, “You should write a book.”
- People ask me to tell stories about my life.
- Friends ask my advice based on my experiences.
- I have something to say.
- I’d like to help other people avoid the same mistakes I made.
Having a personal objective to motivate yourself is key when taking on a long-term project, such as writing a book. Acknowledging obstacles is just as important. Mae’s take:
Almost everyone has a book inside them, but very few actually do the deal and produce a published book.
Fear is the main stumbling block to writing. Fear of being laughed at; fear of rejection; fear of not knowing enough; even fear of revealing too much of yourself and fear of making people mad at you.
Mae also suggests consulting a “guide or a coach who has been there and done that can relieve those fears and walk you through them to success.”
So, what are you waiting for? Pick up a pen or open up the laptop and just get started! Set aside a certain time everyday to write and before you know it, you will be putting the finishing touches on your manuscript.
Tell us in the comments what challenges you’ve had with getting started on your book and let us know what you intend to do to overcome them.
|Mae organized and conducted Christian Writers’ Fellowship in the Detroit, Michigan area for six years, critiquing and editing, encouraging and leading approximately 75 people during that time. She has been mentoring and encouraging writers for over 25 years. Her personal portfolio contains over 80 published articles and seven published books. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://FoundationForPublication.com.|