Dreaming of Becoming an Author? Don't Let Fear Stop You!
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
I'm excited for this blog post as I know what it feels like to have a dream of being a published author but being stuck in fear. I was stuck in fear for years before I found the courage and took faith action to publish my first book. Now 6 years later, I am the author of several successful books. It is my pleasure to not only teach you a strategy for success but to share how I was able to overcome my fear so that you too can follow your dream of becoming a published author.
I've seen time and time again people coming to me wanting to write a book but then letting fear stop them. If you've ever been there then this blog is for you. Please know that you are not alone. We all have to face these emotions of fear and push through to accomplish the goal. Use these tips to accelerate you're writing success. Let's dive right in.
I can remember it like it was yesterday, sitting at my desk thinking to myself "I'm ready to shift, do what I was called to do, live in my purpose". I wanted to be a full-time writer, it was time for a career change. At this time of dreaming I was in a management position as a Career Coach helping others with education and career advancement. Sure I was great at the job but it didn't make my heart smile. I was a writer, I knew I was meant to be an author of several books. At this time I hadn't written a single book and stayed stuck in the dreamer phase.
Fast forward, now I have the privilege to help other first-time authors published their books. But what took me so long? I had always been a writer since I was 12 years old, writing stories in my journal and reciting those stories to family and friends. I'm sure over the years I drove them crazy with my constant storytelling. I have always used writing in my work. I was the person that did the company's newsletter even though it wasn't a part of my job description. I was the person who used my words to inspire. Writing came naturally to me, as I excelled in English. Even with all this evidence that I could do it I never did for many years.
Why? Well, I let fear stop me point-blank! And I don't want you to spend years even months staying stuck. If you're called to be an author this is your sign. It's time to go forth. You get to overcome the elephant in the room; the emotion of fear that attacks your mind. Today I'm giving you 6 tips to use to overcome fear and go for your dreams. Today I'm on the other side and I want to see you there too.
Tip #1: Start Before You're Ready
Fear has a way of stagnating you. One thing I would encourage you to do is start even if you don't feel ready, or it isn't perfect. There will never be a perfect time to start writing the book. Things to start before you're ready; start the blog, start the social media, start telling people you're writing a book. Do not be afraid to seem like an amateur, we must all start somewhere. Two books I have read several times before actually taking the leap and recommend are Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffreys and The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life To The Next Level by Gay Hendricks.
Even the Pro athlete was once a beginner. It started with taking the first step.
Tip #2: Educate Yourself
One of the things that helped me is learning about the self-publishing process. I knew I wanted to be an author but because the traditional publishing method didn't work for me I had to learn a new way of accomplishing my dream. So good job if you're reading this blog, that means you're obtaining the knowledge that you need to go forward with your dream.
Tip #3: Seek Community