I am a writer. It's insanely (and rather embarrassingly) difficult for me to actual put those words, in that order, out in the universe. I don't know why, but to me the word "writer" is synonymous with "author" and more specifically "book/novel author." I haven't written a book or novel and yet here I am claiming, even boasting, about being a writer. Wtf, mate?
Rewind to January 2017: I announced that I wanted to write a book that year. That was one of my new year's goals. It was a rather lofty goal, admittedly, but I thought I could handle at least getting started and hopefully once I got into the story, it would all go smoothly and the thing would just write itself.
Bahaha! Man, was I naive. I got about 20 pages into the story and got stuck. Writer's block of the worst kind. Nothing I wrote made sense or aligned with the story. Hell, I think I started writing 3 very different books and got about 10,000 words before getting completely stuck. It's a very frustrating feeling.
By October, I decided to take a break. Clearly this wasn't the time or this wasn't my calling. "I don't have to be a writer," I'd tell myself. "I have a blog and I'm a damn good mom. That's enough." But it isn't enough, because they stories keep spinning around in my mind. I keep thinking about my characters and wondering what their lives are going to be like.
Some time in March or April of this year, I saw this post by Megan Ericson (one of my favorite podcasters) talking about hope*writers. It's a guided program to help you determine what stage of writing you are in, guide you to identify your reader and lead you down your path to creating, publishing, launching and sharing your words with the world.
I have found this program so helpful and their Facebook community is full of such wonderful, friendly, and supportive people! I have the confidence to announce to the world that I am a writer. I haven't written a book, although I am working on it again, but I am a writer because I'm here, right now, typing this up for you to enjoy and hopefully benefit from. I am a writer.
For me, even if I'm just ranting in a stream-of-consciousness style writing exercise, it soothes my soul. Writing is good for my brain, and therefore good for everyone around me. When I write, I release the pressure of the day and alleviate some of the strain from spending all day with screaming, often times incoherent little people. I love being a stay-at-home parent, but anyone who's spent more than 20 minutes alone with a toddler can tell you that it gets both tedious and mind numbing. Writing keeps me sharp, focused, and happy.
Are you a writer?
If you’re a writer curious about publishing (and you’ve been on the Internet for five minutes) you already know it’s easy to get information about how to publish a book.
Lack of information is not the problem.
The problem is there’s so much information about writing and publishing that it’s hard to know where to start and, more importantly, who to trust.
Before you can get to where you think you want to go, first you have to know where you are.
There is a step-by-step process to move from writing to publishing and it doesn’t have to feel like a unicorn mystery.
By the way, “publishing” simply means getting the writing from your head into the hands of a reader.
From a blog post to a book, publishing is about sharing your work. It’s not for the faint of heart (but you already know that).
The good news is you are already on the writing path!
The hope*writers have created a short, fun quiz for you to take to discover where you are on the writing path and how to move forward.
To access it all you need to do is click on this link right here.
You’ll discover the stage you are in your writing process and also receive some valuable tips to help you take the next step.
Are you an aspiring book author? (I am!)
If you have ever thought about writing a book, it can be confusing to try to navigate the world of publishing.
From writing a book proposal to finding an agent and a publisher, the steps can be overwhelming no matter what stage of the writing life you’re in.
My friend Emily, author and co-founder of hope*writers, has created a free downloadable e-book to help demystify the publishing process.
It’s short, it’s simple, and it explains each step of publication.
The Newbie’s Pocket Rulebook of Publishing is only available for a couple of days - grab your copy here!
Are you casually curious but not sure if you're ready to dive in?
This Tuesday night (May 22nd) my friend Emily P. Freeman, co*founder of hope*writers, is hosting a live training for writers called “How to be a Working Writer Without Losing Your Mind.”
Hint: you don’t have to sell your soul, change your personality, or become a cartoon version of yourself to make it as a writer.
Emily is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author who knows how to hustle but hasn't lost her heart. And good news! She loves talking to writers about writing.
If you are a writer but you struggle to share your work in a way that feels like you, then you don't want to miss this free training.
Click here to save your spot!
If you are interested in joining hope*writers, keep in mind that enrollment will only be open for a few days, starting May 21st and closing again on May 25th. Hope*writers provides the training and guidance you need to become a working writer without losing your mind.
They are committed to standing in the gap with you, giving you the tools and perspective you need
to share your words without feeling like a cartoon.
So if you’ve ever wanted to write a book, grow your blog, or get your words out of your head and into the hands of a reader, this is the best place for you.
If you feel like you’ve outgrown Google, ditch the robots and find your writing people! Learn more and get signed up today right here.
I can’t wait to see you in there!
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