For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write a book.
During my IPEC Coaching training program, our trainer encouraged the group to break out with a partner to practice a specific skill we had just learned. My partner turned to me and asked me to share one thing that I wanted to accomplish in my life – a bucket list item. I immediately jumped to say ,“I want to write a book.” Her background was in editorial so she was extremely excited to dive into this with me:
“What is your book going to be about?”
“How much have you written?”
“Do you have a daily/weekly writing practice?”
“What is the title?”
“What is the format?”
“Who’s going to write the forward?”
“Are you going to self-publish or get a publisher?”
“What is your book launch party going to look like?”
“Who’s going to attend your book launch?”
“How are you going to feel after having a book published?”
As my friend Julianne would say, WOAH, WOAH, WOAH....PUMP THE BREAKS.
Too many questions! This is so overwhelming. I have no idea. I don't have the answer to any of these. This is beyond anything I had ever thought about.
What I quickly learned was that I was so focused on the general concept of writing a book that I never actually made time to think about any of the work that I needed to do to actually make a book come to life. You know, in order to publish a book – you need to write a book. Imagine that! Seems so basic and straight forward but we often get so caught up in the concept of our dreams and aspirations that we don't take any of the steps to actually achieve them.
For me, I’ve written many blog posts, I make journal entries regularly and try to express myself in writing as often as possible. This is all relevant and important but it’s not the path I need to take in order to write a book.
I knew the next step was a writing class.
I needed something routine. Something more regimented. Somewhere that I was provided with assignments that I needed to do to get me on the path towards writing my book.
I took a one-day writing class in the spring and it was a total flop. There were three women in the class who dominated the conversation which resulted in loss of control and led to an unstructured class.
It shut me down a bit.
I started to lose a bit of hope.
I crowdsourced for suggestions for writing classes. I received so many responses that I didn't even look at them because I found it so overwhelming.
Then, today two things happened:
1) I received an email from the New School saying registration was officially open for their fall classes (I had apparently signed up for their newsletter at some point – no recollection of that!)
2) I received a package in the mail with this
So, what did I do?
I immediately went on the New School website and I signed up for a Fall 2015 writing class. I’m ecstatic. I’m thrilled that I finally took the plunge and am stepping in the direction towards writing a book. That email in my inbox and my watch on my wrist reminded me it was time.
The time is NOW.
Not later, or tomorrow or next week.
Determine what it is that you want to achieve and go after it. There’s no such thing as the “right” time. If you want something, go for it. Nobody can do it for you.