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Getty Images Over the past couple of years I have helped over people write and publish their first book. Without exception every one of them found it challenging but hugely rewarding. A common statement is, "I learned so much about myself by writing my book.
As an author, I know that with every book I write I learn more about myself, both my strengths and my weaknesses. So why exactly is writing a book so good for personal growth? You have to stop talking and start doing. Few days go by without at least one person saying to me, "I'm going to write a book one day.
Growth comes from doing. You have to master the little voices in your head that try to talk you out of it. If you are reading this article, you're probably pondering writing your own book. From my experience as an author coach, another big hurdle to overcome is that little voice in our head that keeps asking "Who am I to write a book?
You have to be courageous. Another strange thing happens when you write a book -- people read it hopefully. Of course, not everyone will like what you write, and you need to be OK with that. It is courageous to share your thoughts, views, ideas, and opinions, and we all know that courage is a great sign of personal growth.
One of the integral parts of writing a book is the actual writing! No amount of good intention will replace long periods of time at a keyboard. On the days you plan to write, I guarantee the sun will be shining, there will be parades outside your house, free concerts in the park, and all kinds of distractions ready to take you away from your writing.
You have to disciplined enough to keep your eyes on your screen and the distractions at bay. You have to say "no" to people. When you are writing your book, not everyone will be accepting of the fact that you are locking yourself away for months, using every spare moment to get your book out.
They will try to distract you and demand you spend time with them. This is where you have to be strong enough to say "no. Most people struggle to say "no" to others at the best of times. This changes when you write a book.
You become stronger, and this skill stays with you long after.Oct 22, · Having just finished a new book on body language, brain science, and how people communicate, due out in May from Harvard, I’m going to post a brief series on writing .
Descriptive passages are something I struggle with, both as a writer and as a reader. If I'm reading a book and hit a long paragraph of scene-setting, I have to struggle to keep from skimming a bit.
Oct 20, · Few days go by without at least one person saying to me, "I'm going to write a book one day." But it takes a lot to move from talking about writing a book to actually doing it -- .
How to Describe a Person It’s good to let your kids struggle with the initial writing process. As they wrestle with ideas and words, it will remind them of the importance of . As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 75, lessons in math, English, science, history, and more.
Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed. Part 2 of ‘How To Write a Book’ is here, where I answer the best comments. Time-lapsed video of a writer writing an essay – amazing and revealing How To Start a Book Project – specific advice for tackling a book sized effort.