This is a guest post from Suellen Estes. You can find her here.
Have you been thinking about writing a book?
Many people have thought about it, yet most people never do it. They think about it in a general and rambling sort of way … and it never gets done.
That’s the way I was for many years. I knew I had some things to say which could help people. I also knew that I wanted to write a book. I just didn’t have the confidence and knowhow to get it done. So occasionally I would scribble a few notes…then lose my courage, put them in a drawer, and forget about it.
Let’s face it. With that mindset, I was never going to write that book.
Well one day I met some real, down-to-earth people who motivated me to face the challenge, and I began to study about writing and publishing. As a result, my first book was published in 2010. And I didn’t stop there. Today, I have more than 20 books available on Amazon in hard copy and on Kindle.
Today my focus is not just on my own books. I want to help others overcome the challenges which held me back and are now holding them back. I want to help them publish their books.
I often find that the greatest obstacle is overwhelm.
People want to write a book, but they are like I was. The task just seems too great, and they don’t know how to begin.
That’s why I always start them off with the process of laying their foundation. When they discover the big why, the big who, and the big what, they are establishing themselves for a successful launch. Answering these questions helps them to keep the motivation and confidence necessary to take the next steps toward the completion of their journey.
So ask yourself these three questions.
Why do I want to write a book?
Of course to promote your business and make money are good reasons, but when you turn your attention to others, your reasons motivate you more.
What is the impact you want to make on others? How do you want your writing to help them? Do you want to give them tools to change their lives?
Who is my audience?
Your writing is more successful when you think in terms of one person you are addressing. Your avatar. The picture of that special person who will receive the most from you.
Then you imagine yourself seated across the kitchen table from this special individual, telling them your stories and imparting your wisdom.
When you do this, you will find yourself writing in a way which better connects with your readers.
What do I want to say?
In a general sense, what is the wisdom, information, or entertainment you want to bring to your audience? What is your special message? What do you know that they need to learn? What do you have to say which will be significant to these individuals?
Recently I had the privilege of connecting with three people who have answered these questions in very distinct ways.
One is a Christian Businessman who grew up in poverty but who has amassed a fortune. At one time he had 92 restaurants of a well-known franchise, scattered throughout several states. His book contains many episodes of God’s direction – sometimes in very unusual ways. This man attributes his fortune to prayer and obedience to God’s leading. He has stories of closed doors opening and favor beyond imagination as he has walked his life with God.
The second is a grandfather who over the years has written letters to his granddaughter. He wants to publish these letters of encouragement and wisdom. He thinks that many young people could benefit by the kind insights he has delivered. Insights which can help them achieve successful, purposeful lives as they grow.
The third is a lady who spent many years homeschooling her children. Over that period she accumulated stacks of material which she compiled for the purpose. They range from her plans for making the assignments more productive, through details for increasing motivation, and on to fun crafts and plays for generating creativity.
When you look at these three people, you can easily see how they answered the three questions. You know that people will benefit from reading these books. You can tell that their approaches will be for audiences which are different and very distinct. You can even catch hints at the messages they will be delivering.
So now, what about you and your book?
I would suggest that you get in a quiet place – alone and with no noise. Grab a notebook or laptop and really ponder these questions. No doubt you have given a few thoughts to these things. But settle the issue.
Stay there for awhile, keeping a quiet, focused mind. If you are a Christian, listen for God’s direction.
Answer the big three questions. Only you can do this. Your book will be pouring out your thoughts and your ideas. Only you can truly know what you have that would help others.
Will it be teaching business concepts? Will it be motivational? Will it have stories of your own rags to riches? Will you share your story of overcoming addiction? Or depression? Only you know the answers.
The one thing that I would suggest is that you try to have your book and your audience stay in the same vein as your business. It will have greater significance for others and for your business in general.
Most people have doubts about their message being that important. But I want to encourage you to overcome those doubts. Your message with your distinct voice – your distinct point of view – will speak to people who might not hear the message through someone else. Your audience, your tribe, is special and so is your interaction with them.
If your first session isn’t that productive, don’t give up. Continue to have quiet times of listening and thinking. These times are very important. Your thoughts will begin to come into focus.
As you ponder, jot down notes. It’s ok if they are random. Certain thoughts will begin to flow to others, and you will find ideas coming more readily. As you sort through the notes they will be like pieces of a puzzle, creating a greater picture when joined together. Ideas which don’t fit can be tossed aside for a later project.
So if you want to write that book, this is a good starting place. Even though the exercise seems very simple, it’s extremely beneficial to lay this strong foundation.
Clarity will fortify your mission, and a boost of confidence will empower your journey. You could be launching a whole new chapter in your life and your business.
Think about it! This might be the time for you to write your book.
Speak! Write! Podcast! Expand Your Reach!
These are often the persuasive words of Suellen Estes as she motivates her audience to “saturate the web with good things.” She believes that everybody has a story, a message, or some wisdom which could bring inspiration to others.
Suellen has been in Christian ministry for 30 plus years. During the last decade she has published her messages on her personal blog, and her more than 20 books are available on Amazon in hard copy and on Kindle.
Writing and her internet business have allowed Suellen to travel on international mission trips with her husband, and to have fantastic fun with her family. Three daughters, one son, all married, and 14 (yes, 14) grandchildren. They are a lively bunch, and she loves every minute of it!
Suellen’s latest venture is helping other people develop their messages. Her 6 Week Webinar Training will begin soon.