Why writing a book is good for your soul
There is a lovely quote by William Faulkner “I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written on it. “ It is so true.
Some of my best life and business decisions have come from putting pen to paper and just writing what’s on my mind and letting my unconscious mind roam free. I am a huge fan of writing, from the every day to-do list, journaling your deepest thoughts to writing your own book.
By organizing your thoughts into a book, you now have the opportunity to examine what you, your life, your business and your brand stand for.
You have the opportunity to bare your soul and really connect to you.
It’s no secret amongst my friends that I want to write a novel. It’s one of those big hairy goals, the kind that scare you but you do anyway and so I am in the planning stage. I am a big fan of planning, playing and plotting and then just letting the unconscious mind do it’s thing.
I started this book over eight years ago and whilst over the years I wrote various chapters, it was actually more of a journal, what I like to call creative life writing, where you write the c*** out of your life. And it was cathartic, but it was standing in the way of something better.
So… I wrote Dancing with dark angels, a memoir. This book makes me laugh, not for the content, because it released a whole pile of demons and freed my soul.
When darkness surrounds you and you think there is no way out, write, I am proof of this working. My book is written and printed, it is not for sale, it is just for me. However, by going through the whole writing and published process it cleansed me like no other activity ever has.
Why writing a book is great for you
Writing is incredibly healing, the very act of writing releases tension and allows your subconscious thoughts to flow and, upon reflection, you begin to see sense, patterns, ways through your problems and onto to solutions, ideas and inspiration.
Writing gives birth to ideas, innovations, opens new decision pathways, enables us to tell our stories and connect to ourselves.
Writing takes you on an adventure, you start your journey quite unaware of the change that you will go through as you learn new skills, experience new ways of expressing yourself, gain clarity and connect to others through your story.
Writing a book builds your confidence and helps you to grow as a person.
What about writing a book for your business?
Consider this scenario, you are trying to connect and communicate your ideas and brand to a prospect or customer. You see and hear yourself telling the tale of the customer who, had a problem, which you fixed by and everyone lived happily ever after. You have a few short minutes to demonstrate innovation, flexibility, customer service levels, credibility, expertise, experience, know how and whatever it is that the prospect or customer needs to hear that reassures them that you are the right partner.
Imagine instead that this prospect had visited your website to pre qualify you and discovered your book. The title and the book cover speak volumes about you and your brand, in that moment. They are now enticed to explore and discover more.
Remember it takes approximately seven seconds to form an impression. Your book gives you instant credibility. A beautifully crafted book will help you to stand out, captivate your readers, put you miles ahead of your competitors, open up new opportunities for alliances, speaking gigs and the creation of new products and services.
Forget I can’t just do it. You can do it. You could pick up a pen and journal, then try a blog, maybe a short story, and then your book.
How about you pop to the supermarket and get an A5 or smaller journal, pop it into your bag / pocket and as you go about this next week, notice what you notice, just make some notes. Then at the end of the week write about your week, write about your observations on the human condition.
Just think a page a day and in six months you will have 180 pages, in my book thats a book.
“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at 9 am every morning.” – Peter DeVries
“Ever tried and failed? No matter. Try again and fail better.” – Samuel Beckett
”It’s never too late – in fiction or in life – to revise.” – Nancy Thayer
“When you speak, your words echo across the room. When you write, your words echo across the ages.” – Bud Gardner Chicken Soup for the Writers Soul author
My goal in encouraging you to write is to let you share and connect your soul’s stories with not only you, but others that you can inspire.
Now glue your bum to the seat and write!
With love Jx