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Me talking about being free to write the story you’ve been given
It’s taken me nearly two years to finish the book I was contracted to write over three years ago.
Through December I busted my tale to finish so that we could get the book out in August. And it about killed me. With a few thousand words still left to write, I called up a friend of mine in tears. “I have nothing left in me. I have given all of me to this book and the thought of pushing out a few thousand more words seems impossible. I don’t know what to do.”
And my friend said to me, “Well, can you just leave it as it is?”
The thought that the book could be complete without meeting a specific word requirement was something I didn’t think of. I mean, books are supposed to be a certain length, and if you don’t have the length, you just make and stretch words until you’ve met the quota. But I didn’t want to just add words, I wanted to share the message I had without forcing more into it. So this is the reality of publishing. And there is nothing wrong with it, if you have the integrity to write in-depth on a topic. Some messages are 20,000 words and some are 70,000. The message you have is what it is, no less, no more.
How do you know if you’re writing from a place of integrity? You write from your own well.
As I sat holding the phone to my ear, my friend on the other line prayed for me. And then she said something profound. She said, “Sarah, if I go pick up a book from so and so, and it is Holy Spirit led (he was compelled to write it), it brings relief to my soul. If so and so writes another book because now he has fame or a deadline or for any other reason than that he has a message from his well, the book won’t bring relief; it will leave me parched.”
I don’t ever want to leave my readers parched. I want to bring them relief so that they can keep on in this life.
We must write from our own well (tweet that), from the story we’ve been given, from the message we are compelled to share.
This is one of the lessons I’ve learned as a writer, and it is this lesson that I will cling to as I move forward as a creator.
If you are a creator, and you have a message, a story, to share that you are compelled to share, then it will bring relief to someone who needs to hear it. And you must tell it, because it is in your soul to do so.
For all of you out there who are reading this and thinking, “Yes, that’s me. I have a story and I want to share it!” Then I have a resource for you.
In December I had the honor of being a part of creating a course called, Author Launch. It is a course for those of you who want to tell your story through writing a book. Before I tell you more about it, take a look at a sample video from the course:
The beautiful thing about this course is that you have 10 experienced writers walking alongside you for 46 weeks as you write your book.
Each of these authors has something to offer you that will help you immeasurably. For example, Crystal Paine’s marketing advice is out of the this world. She is absolutely BRILLIANT when it comes to understanding the techniques for getting your story to the world (her marketing knowledge is mind-blowing, and it alone is worth hundreds of dollars). Then of course you have self-published writers like Josh Becker who has sold over 60,000 of his book and is now being published traditionally, Donald Miller who is a veteran writer with massive experience and talent, and Jeff Goins who grew his blog to over 100,000 readers in under two years. You guys, these people know their stuff, and they are walking with you through this course.
Crystal Paine on Marketing
The course is filled with this kind of practical knowledge.
Now that you’ve seen some sample videos, let’s get more specific.
Why Author Launch?
Here is how myself and the other writers are going to help you during the 46 weeks:
- We will take you step-by-step in writing your book. By the end of 46 weeks you will have a completed book (if you’ve done the work!).
- You will receive weekly emails with detailed help and practical steps for each stage of the book writing process. These emails will come with videos from all of us authors.
- A nearly 50,000 word PDF book to guide you during the course.
- We will help you to not only write your book, but get it ready for the publishing process.
- We will teach you how to get the word out about your book so your message can get to as many people as possible.
If you were to hire just one of these writers for consulting, if would cost you between $300 and $1000. If you were to sign up for a college or business school course on writing and marketing, you’d be paying hundreds of dollars, and you still wouldn’t have access to all of these amazing writers.
Friends, I 100% endorse this course. It is just done so well. It is a phenomenal resource that I wish I would have had when I was starting out, especially because I could have really used the accountability, encouragement, expertise, and step-by-step help to work consistently on my book.
If you’d like to join me and 9 other writers as you get that message in your soul to the world, just click HERE. REGISTRATION CLOSES ON
JANUARY 31ST! MONDAY (February 2nd) at 11:59 pm EST! We begin together on February 2nd.
I can’t wait to hear your story.
Oh, and by the way, I am so pleased with the book I was able to write. In fact, I’m giddy over it. It is a message from my own well and I cannot wait to share it with you all. 🙂
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