The hard part of writing a book isn’t getting published. It’s the actual writing. In this article, I offer 10 steps for writing a book along with 10 bonus steps to getting your book done. Books don’t just write themselves, after all. You have to invest everything you are into creating an important piece of work.
For centuries, historians believed the great Renaissance master was just another Starving Artist, struggling to make ends meet. Michelangelo himself embraced this image, living frugally and often complaining about money. He once wrote in a poem that his art had left him “poor, old and working as a servant of others.”
But it turns out he wasn’t telling the truth.
I believe we make things because that’s what we were made to do. Not even to make things, but to be making things. We are the little creators of our lives and the world as we know it.
So far, we’ve identified why we create, the importance of making money off our art, how to know what to sell, and to whom, and so now… it’s time to sell.
Today, I want to talk about product. Before you figure out what you want to sell, you need to first figure out what people are willing to pay for.
Before we get into the super practical work of actually accepting money from other people, we need to get clear on what we have to offer.
Today, I want to share with you two things. First is the three kinds of creators, and the second is the path to building an organization around your work.
We don’t make art to make money. We make money to make more art.
Whether it’s a podcast or a blog or a course, it’s time for you to stop hoarding and offer your ideas to the world, as an offering to those who need it.
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what words can do. They can cut a person down or lift them up. They can overwhelm another with beauty or devastate their soul. I am always searching for the words that want to be said because when you find them, they can change everything.
This past week, I shared the news about my marriage ending. This has been the hardest decision I have ever made, and the process has been unfolding for almost the past year. So when I finally made the decision to talk about it on social, it came more from a place of scars than open wounds.
Distraction is no friend to a writer. If we are going to truly do work that matters, however, we can’t just fight distraction. We have to understand it.