Finish Writing Book?
Joan Jerkovich - January 29, 2014 7:00 am
For 5 years now I’ve been meaning to finish my children’s book. This is a goal I’ve had for myself since graduating as an English Major. I’ve always identified with myself as a writer but now I’m just feeling like a wannabe. Can life coaching help me finish my book?
Yes! Absolutely! Life Coaching is geared toward helping people accomplish their goals. A key factor in finishing your book is going to be tapping in to your MQ (Motivation Quotient~I admit I just made that up!). When we don’t have external forces setting deadlines for us, such as a publisher (should we be so fortunate to have a real book deal in place!), we have to create our own deadlines. Maybe you can plan to finish your first rough draft before your birthday, or maybe before your cat’s birthday (don’t all writers have cats?). Who cares? Just make up a date, write out your plan and find a way to stick to it!
Before I shut up here, as a fellow writer, I’m going to share something super secret with you…it doesn’t take “years” to write a book or screenplay, and it doesn’t take “months” to write something less involved. The writers who claim it does are simply enjoying their time spent in what I call~ “Mental Masturbation”. Hired gun Hollywood screenwriters are given 6 weeks to complete a feature film screenplay. Diablo Cody, stripper turned academy award winning screenwriter of Juno (2007), finished the piece in 4 months. (Damn, if only I’d have known to try stripping before writing! lol) I’ve written 3 screenplays and guarantee it didn’t take me 10 years to complete each one! When you set your mind to it, you can, and will, finish writing your book. Send me a copy!
Embrace your Personal Power with Life Coaching~
- Can you break down your process of writing in to small, incremental steps?
- Can you assign your own deadlines to each of the steps you listed?
- Who can you call on to keep you accountable to sticking to the steps and deadlines you listed (p.s. your cat doesn’t count here)?
- Write a “dream achieved” story, using all your senses and making it as detailed as you can, about the celebration you will have once your book is finished! Woo Hoo!
Who is Joan? What is a Board Certified Life Coach? How do I call her show or send her a life coaching question? Find out @ Joan Jerkovich