Writing a book

I have had a couple ideas for books on the back burner but never really had the time or energy to want to put toward them. I wasn’t sure on what authority I could write or if anyone would even read them.

Guess what?

You don’t need someone else’s permission to do anything that you want to do. It doesn’t matter if you have authority to do it you will gain authority by doing it. If people didn’t know you were an expert before they might after you write a book. You can become the authority.

If you start your book by telling a good story, by giving knowledge or solving a problem that people have then people will read it. If people have been asking you to do it, chances are those same people will read it or at least recommend it to others.

The whole process can be cathartic. Maybe it just needed to get out. Maybe you needed to see how much you could push yourself to do something new. Maybe you just needed to see if you could do it. Maybe it’s because it’s November and that’s what people do. Whatever it is that you want to do, do it…unless it’s illegal, then maybe not.

What are your learning edges?

Where do you want to grow?

You have permission. Just do it!

Turns out that it’s not as hard as I thought to write those books I had on the back burner (or at least one of them). After participating in a Start Finishing workshop with Charlie Gilkey, I sketched out my project. I cleared some chunks of time and dedicated some thought to it. The more I wrote the easier it got. I didn’t intend to write a book this month. I wasn’t participating in NaNoWriMo, it just happens to be a coincidence.

My book is a travel book for women. It’s part story / memoir from my 40 countries of travel, part tips and tricks. This includes knowledge on travel hacking and traveling alone. If this is something you are interested in let me know (email or comment) and I’ll let you know once it’s “shipped”.

UPDATE: The book is for sale on Amazon!