Once again, I join the writers in this world who are being hounded by the dream, the thought and the calling to write a book. I say “once again” because I felt the need to write a book twice in the past, and since it was such a persistent call, I wrote two books. Way back then I was involved in publishing a magazine for children, and the book the I felt “called” to write were children’s books. I won’t say it was easy, but it certainly wasn’t daunting. And that was probably because I was already in the business of publishing materials for children.
I left that industry a long, long time ago and delved into the healing arts, which was by far a calling that I grudgingly went into. Almost more than a decade later, I not only love being an energy transformational therapist – I am so grateful for having been given this gift to help others heal.
Has someone ever said that once a writer always a writer? In my case, the love for writing seems to be deeply ingrained in my whole being. Now, once more, I hear the call to write a book – but what to write about?
Write the kind of stuff that really turns you on. What you enjoy reading is what you’ll enjoy writing. And it will show. Do what you love. Even small niches have faithful readerships. -Lee Denning
That makes so much sense, but the problem is, what I love reading these days are books on writing. I am trying to catch up with lost time and learn new things about the craft.
Write what you know. – Mark Twain
What I know – like the back of my hand – is energy healing. My therapy work is going very well and there are so many things I want to share with the world about energy healing.
The Overwhelming World of Publishing
I’ve been debating with myself about this issue of writing a book on energy healing for several months now. I’ve brainstormed on the title, and I have noted down topics that I want to discuss in the hypothetical book.
The two books for children that I wrote eons ago sold very quickly – mainly because at that time my mother’s business was selling books here in the Philippines. And since I had been involved in the publication of a children’s magazine for sometime, I knew who to approach for the printing of the books. We had several artists working with us on the magazine, so it was just a matter of choosing one of them to do the illustrations and the book design. Everything was there – all I had to do was write.
Now, it’s a whole new ball game. Through the past months I’ve been reading blogs and ebooks about self-publishing and the more I read, the more I get confused and overwhelmed by the number of choices available. So I dropped all that, and on impulse followed the advice to try crowd funding. I set up a campaign on Indiegogo and after doing that I realized (rather belatedly) that in order to succeed at crowd funding, I should spend a lot of time networking in various social media, spread the word around and find other ways to publicize the campaign. Where in the world would I find the time to write?
I decided to let things work themselves out as far as the crowd funding campaign is concerned. The good that came out of putting up the crowd funding campaign was that it helped me get rid of some feelings of inadequacy – writing the campaign proposal was an eyeopener – it made me realize that I do have things to share and maybe – just maybe – some people would buy the book.
Advice From Authors
As I face the challenge of writing a book on energy healing, I look for advice on how to go about it from published authors. If I were asked to give advice to would-be authors, the best advice I could give would be to read what other authors have to say about the process of book writing.
In “How I Wrote My First Book: The Story Behind the Story,” edited by Anne K. Edwards and Lida E. Quillen, twenty authors unveil the back-story behind the writing of their books. Some of the writers share their experiences as first time authors, which is very helpful indeed (the book is still free on kindle, grab it, quick!)
I think I have reached the point where I have managed to convince myself that I can and that I will write the book on energy healing. As I wade through the usual fears that come when one chooses to face and hurdle a challenge, I continue to gain insight into the fascinating – oftentimes daunting – task of writing a book from these twenty authors. They will be my mentors and companions along the way.
During a writer’s boot camp I attended in 2003, Orson Scott Card said something that has stuck with me ever since. He said that before a writer can turn out worthy material, each one will generate at least one million words of pure crap. At that time, I wasn’t sure whether or not I had fished writing mine.
Writing is first about living, growing, experiencing, dreaming, and only then, if you’re very lucky, is it about creating. —- Christine Amsden
The key to being a writer isn’t just creativity and knowing how to construct sentences. Being a writer also entails perseverance, discipline and hard work. If you want to succeed as a writer, you have to approach it like any other job, and that means getting up from bed each morning and writing your daily quota – be that one page or ten pages. You have to show up on the page.
One way to avoid procrastination is to write as often as possible and/or create a writing schedule. You have to make a habit of writing. You have to create momentum. It’s the same with exercise. The more you do it, the easier it will be to create a habit and honor it. It’s easier to exercise a little everyday than only once or twice a week. Also the more you write, the better your writing will get.
You also have to turn your inner critic off. You have to realize that all is accepted when you’re working on that first draft. That the time to edit and polish it is not now but later, once you have finished the book. You have to allow yourself to write a crappy first draft because first drafts are supposed to be just that: crappy. The time to make your manuscript sparkle is later during the editing process.
– Mayra Calvani
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