My Best Advice For Writing Your Book

advice for writing your book

Tweet A friend asked me for advice about writing her book. This was it: Start writing. Keep writing. Stop when you’re finished. I know that sounds a little basic, but it’s the best advice I have for you. Start. You can’t write a book unless you start. So start. Don’t wait to be ready (you’re never ready). Don’t wait to feel like a writer (that’ll come when you’re writing…or not…who cares, you’re writing). Don’t wait until summer/winter/you have more time/a good time. It’ll never come. Just start. Now. Today. Open a document and put some words in it. Get a … Read More

Ride Out the Creative Turbulence

Creative Turbulence

Tweet Last week I was super excited – I had an epiphany from my “Fill What is Not Full” post – I realised this was the container for the book I’ve been mulling on for 8 years or so about self-care and other great foundations for a fabulous life. The excitement continued all week…with ideas raging through my head for this new book. Until Friday, when I started to harvest articles from my blog on the topic (of which I expect there to be hundreds!)… …And then… …the wall… …the fear… …the first ‘is this any good’ of this phase… … Read More

27 Creative Guidelines

Creative guidelines

Tweet I’ve been inspired this week by the Creative Catalyst Circle – my new Facebook group, and by Allison Crow Flanigan’s “BE Team” group (which is all about pulling back from the insanity of busyness, stress and ‘nexting’) to create this set of creative guidelines: No pushing. No striving. No nexting. More BEing. More joyful creation. More childish glee. More “look what I did”. Less “I have only done…” More “I have made progress” Less “I’m not finished yet (and I should be)” Create with joy. Create for joy. Create because inspiration moves you. Let yourself off the hook for … Read More

Attack of the what if’s

Attack of the what if's

Tweet Did you ever have an attack of the ‘what-if’s? For example: what if no one buys my book, what if my product bombs, what if I make a fool of myself, what if my business fails, what if I’m not good enough? Everyone has these worries – even Harry Potter before his first Quidditch game! But what if people do buy…and what if the product sells well? What if your business succeeds? What if you are perfectly suited to what you’re trying to achieve? What if you don’t make a fool of yourself? For that matter, what if you … Read More

When You’re Finished, But Not Quite Finished

Finished not finished

Tweet So, I finished the project I’ve been working on for the last …oh, months! Yay! Well, you’d think it’d be ‘yay’…but actually it’s “yay! I’m finished…except for these last few bits. Bugger”. That’s the thing that pisses me off about being finished…you’re never quite finished. I mean, there’s an end point you work towards – the book is complete, the transcription/workbook is complete, the project is ‘done’. But that’s not the end. There’s editing and formatting and file loading and sharing and telling people and all manner of faff-tastic tasks that just rub the gloss of the joy of … Read More