Feel behind on writing a book? These three things will help.

How the hell is it April already?! I feel like it was just February … of 2020.

The past three years have lasted a century and a day all at once.

Time is funny like that.

What’s not funny is the way that time flying by feels in our bodies – like we’re watching our lives rush by, grasping at our dreams, unable to hold them in our hands.

I’m part of a generation of Millenials that were raised being told we could be anything, do anything, if we just worked hard enough.

Every time life happens – you break your foot, another family member gets sick, your car breaks down, your boss adds more work to your plate, Ted Lasso releases another season and you have to binge it all in one night – it can make you feel like you’re even farther behind on the road to success.

If you never made a 30 under 30 or 40 under 40 list, that’s okay.

If you aren’t on the New York Times Bestsellers list, that’s okay.

If you haven’t even started your book yet, that’s okay.

If you’re not a millionaire yet, that’s okay.

If you’re just getting by these days, that’s okay.

If you’re feeling behind on your book writing dreams, I’ve got three pieces of advice:

1) There is no “behind” in life. 

Not ever, but especially not in creativity. 

Writing a book is not a race. And even if it were, I’m the kind of gal who finished a marathon in 8 hours, 26 minutes, and 40 seconds because she stopped to pee every five minutes and had to walk most of it. 

Did I finish? Yes! I’ve got the plaque on my wall to prove it. 

Did I “win”? YES! 

I might have been almost dead last, but I did the damn thing. That’s winning to me.

If you wrote, brainstormed, or journaled about your book this week, you won. Period. No exceptions, so tell that little overachiever voice in your head I said you’re doing great.

2) Trust in divine timing. 

Call it god, fate, intuition, or flow, whatever it is, I’ve seen it over and over again in my work. You can’t force creativity. 

If you’re sitting in that chair and nothing is coming out, that’s okay. 

If you were planning on starting your book but then got attacked by the dogs you were watching, that’s okay. 

If you had surgery, that’s okay. 

If you start and stop a million times, that’s okay.

If life happened and you weren’t able to write, that’s okay! Give yourself some grace. 

If you find yourself procrastinating out of fear, nerves, or confusion where to start, though, you wanna  join us in Write Your Friggin’ Book Already®.  We’ll help you push through.

3) The best way to get creatively inspired is to show up.

Block out five minutes to journal. Go to a museum and bring your notebook to jot down ideas at lunch after. Record your ideas in a voice note on your commute to work.

You can’t just dream a book into existence, you have to take action in making it happen. Even if it’s just an hour a week or five minutes a day. 

Show up for creativity and creativity will show up for you.

So to recap: 

Because the world needs your story now more than ever.

Lauren

P.S. My  Write Your Friggin’ Book Already® program  is getting a big makeover, in a really great way. When that happens, the price is going from $200 a month to $349 a month. So if you want to write a book, now is the time to enroll!


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