So You Want to Write a Book?

Do you have dreams of writing your own book in the future? What will it be about?

Everything begins with a dream and I do believe that if you can even think it in your mind and see it as you close your eyes then you are a step closer to actually seeing your dream come true.

That’s what happened to me, I guess. I’ve always thought to myself that someday, I will get to write a book. At first, I was looking at doing it when I turned 40 — you know the age when life begins? And then I hit 40 and I didn’t have a book yet when my birthday came along. Now, I’m 41 and am done with the writing part so I did actually get to write it at 40 but the finished book will still come out in a few months from now. Oh, it does help too if you write it down that you intend to write a book. I did…and promptly forgot about writing it even. Then I guess, when I put the dream down in words, at the time I was doing it, I actually believed it and so things were set in motion.

If you wish to pursue your dream of writing a book (as I have), you can keep these three basic things in mind:

1. Start with a book concept. – You must begin with a clear picture of what the book will be about. What topics will you develop? What will you explain? What experiences from your life can you draw from and which can be of use to others?

2. Limit your computer time. – Don’t stay in front of your computer all the time. You need to go out. Experience things. Most of all, you need to meet new people. That’s how you will come across people who will and can help you out with your book. In my case, I never would have met my publisher if I just stayed at home and blogged.

3. Be thick-faced. -You must believe enough in your dream for you to take the needed steps to make it come true. Be ready to propose to a publisher when given the chance. What’s the worst that could happen? You’ll get rejected — then you lose nothing. You are right where you were before. You have just found out what does not work though and there is value in having that information. The next time you propose, you can adjust. But what if they say yes on your first try?

Try to find individuals who will help you with endorsements for your book or who will kindly write a foreword, particularly if you are coming out with your first book. Just like in proposing to a publisher, there is everything to gain and nothing to lose. In the past few months, I have met people whom I never would have met or never would have interacted with if I were not writing a book. Writing a book expands your circle of friends and acquaintances. I have found out too that people are generally willing to help and all it takes is the guts to ask them.

Life is about pursuing dreams. If you dream of writing a book — just go for it. If you dwell on that thought long enough and are willing to pay the price to make that dream come true, your book will be out soon enough.

I can’t wait for my dream to be out in the next few months. It is my dream too that you will hold it in your hands, keep it in your home, read it and let it touch your heart.

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