From July 2015 to August 2016, I spent an incredible amount of time doing what I love: writing books. In this timespan, I wrote three Amazon bestselling books.
And my life changed forever.
Most importantly, I felt satisfied with my accomplishments that helped others be more successful in their pursuits. The private messages from readers and positive book reviews blew me away!
Those are just a few of the benefits of writing a book (or three books).
And guess why I wrote all of that just now? Not to be brag, because I’m a nobody to 99% of people, and I realize that.
I wrote that to inspire you to make 2017 the year you become an author. This is your year! Here’s why.
2017 Is Your Year
The start of a new year is a refresh button. Although it’s technically just another day, emotionally you feel more alive and energized to accomplish more, to be more.
If you want to write a book, it’s time to stop thinking, dreaming, and talking about it. It’s time to do it.
You are enough. You have a story to tell. And you can help people through what you communicate—I truly believe that. That’s why the time is now.
Now that you know it’s your year and there’s no time to waste, what are you going to do? Take action!
And then you’re going to get started writing today. That doesn’t mean tomorrow, or next week, or next month.
Get started writing today to build momentum. Your momentum can become almost magical in its ability to push your forward.
A solid morning, lunch, or night routine in a quiet room with a laptop, is all you need to put together consistent days of writing. A few days becomes a few weeks. Then these weeks turn into months.
And after three months you can publish your book and become an author. You can and you will this year!
Don’t Aim For Perfection
If you’re trying to be perfect in your writing, leave that desire at the door.
Because one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my writing career is to make it a daily habit to put my fingers to the keyboard and write for at least one hour—regardless of quality. (If you’re extremely busy, this could mean writing for 30 minutes.) When I do that, I’m successful in producing book writing and blog content. Quality and polishing can always come later.
But when I don’t accomplish this, I’m either stuck in cycle of trying to do perfect writing (no such thing) or editing my words too much that I’m not actually writing much at all. I’m writing for 10 minutes and then spending 10 minutes editing that writing. This is terribly frustrating and slow progress.
So trying to be perfect and editing in the middle of writing are the two roadblocks that will throw you off your trail to progress more than anything else. Avoid these with all the willpower you got.
Because as Anne Lamott said, “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.”
So start writing today with a carefree attitude. Save editing for later. You can always hire an editor to edit your writing later.
Don’t succumb to the disease of perfectionism and you’ll be well on your way.
Write because when you keep writing, you’ll have a book in a few months. The time will pass quicker than you can imagine.
And maybe your life will change forever, like mine.
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