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6 Things No One Tells You About Writing a Book: What You Need to Know About Your Book Journey Before You Hit the Road

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6 Things No One Tells You About Writing a Book: What You Need to Know About Your Book Journey Before You Hit the Road

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Apr 16, 2018
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9781543932010
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Writing a book is not something that we can put off until we retire. It's become an integral part of business for women entrepreneurs and leaders. Whether you run a solo consultancy or a major organization with hundreds of employees, authoring a book puts you in a unique category and gives you a competitive advantage.

Setting out on a book writing journey is exciting until you hit your first pothole, blow out a tire, or get hopelessly lost on the way. It happens to the best of us. And for women, our lives present a unique set of challenges that can prevent us from ever reaching our destination of telling our stories.

6 Things No One Tells You About Writing a Book is designed to prepare the woman author for the journey that is writing a book. It is a realistic look at the things you wish you knew before you started. Susan takes a fun, candid look at the detours on a book journey in hopes of helping you avoid them and inspiring you to share your story. Packed with actionable tips and resources, this guide helps you reach your destination of finally writing your book.
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6 Things No One Tells You About Writing a Book - Susan Baracco

accomplishments.

reality #1: busy is your way of life

Women have more responsibilities in life than men. And our societal norms pressure us to be everything to everyone. If we want a career or to be a leader, that’s fine, but we still must do everything else that is expected of us. This is not a bashing but a simple fact. Carving out time in our day to write is no simple task.

Your book journey will have three stages of commitment. Each one requires something a little different from you. You may enjoy one stage more than the others. Regardless of how it lands on you, knowing what lies ahead on the journey will help you get through it.

Reality #1 is not about being busy, it is about self-sabotage. And self-sabotage is the natural enemy of book writing. To be honest, it is the enemy of any goal. But we’re talking books here, so let’s focus on that for now. It would take volumes to tackle self-sabotage and do that topic justice.

Instead, I want to show you the mindset shift and steps that will transform you into an author.

The three stages of commitment

Before you begin - clear the decks

Commit to making this a priority. It’s the only way. The women who get their books written make it a priority in their life. You may have a multitude of competing demands for your time right now, so it may be time to clear the decks.

When my mother was diagnosed with dementia, I found myself making the three-hour drive every week back to my childhood home to help with her care. It was time-consuming to make the drive, stay over, spend time with her, manage her personal bookkeeping and help with her care. I had already begun work on my book, so I chose to maintain it as a priority. I had to find a new rhythm in my life. It meant clearing the decks to get rid of trivial time drainers that had crept into my schedule. It meant enlisting the help of others, personally and professionally, to take on more responsibilities that I needed to offload. It meant getting creative with my time before I could invest my time into creating my book.

Sue Hawkes, author of Chasing Perfection, shares this insight on finding the time:

...fit it in with a can opener. For me, it was weekends and evenings, and time on airplanes. My social life was not as robust. I like to say, affectionately, This is the summer in Minnesota that wasn’t." It was the perfect weather. I got on my bike probably five times total where usually I would bike every weekend. You make that choice, and it is a lot of work. I would tell people no matter how you go about it, writing eats up free time. You’ve got to give somewhere. You either say that’s what I’m signing up for or you

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