I caught some flack last week for putting out a video that tells you all it takes to become a writer is to call yourself one. So let’s talk about that. Is this good advice? Is that all it really takes? Or am I making something really hard look really easy?
In my near-decade of coaching writers, there has been one question I’ve been asked over and over again. In fact, this is something I often ask myself: What should I write about?
The problem is that’s the wrong question.
I waited seven years to do this. I read dozens of books and wasted hours upon hours every week meeting with people, trying to learn this simple secret. It was the answer to the question my heart was asking. Maybe you’re asking it, too.
Children are born utterly helpless and dependent. Parents prepare for months in advance, but the real work begins after they leave the hospital. Once the kid is born, you have to raise it. A book is no different.
Many authors think after a book is written all the hard work is over. But writing a book is like giving birth to a baby. A baby can’t take care of itself and neither can a book. Both require supervision.
Much like parenting, the book launch process is an arduous and rewarding journey. You’ve produced a living thing, but now you’ve got to make sure it survives and thrives.
You’d like to write a book some day. You’d love to get your words out there. Heck, you wouldn’t mind even getting paid to share them with the world. But that’ll never happen, you say. This is just a hobby, something I do for fun. I don’t have what it takes to turn pro. And that, in the words of Yoda, is why you fail.