“The imperfect book that gets published is better than the perfect book that never leaves my computer.” (Brené Brown)
Has anyone ever told you that your first book doesn’t have to be ‘the’ book?
I think that’s where many of us get stuck.
Before I wrote my first book, I was caught up in the idea that I needed to write ‘the’ book. I had a message that I wanted to share and I needed to do it justice.
The curse of perfectionism.
It stopped me.
When I got over myself and realised that without any words I was limiting my chances of ever being able to call myself an author, I could begin.
What is the message you want to share?
Start exploring that and start putting words down on paper (or screen). It really is as simple as that. There are planning tools, structuring tools, writing hacks and all sorts of things that you can use to help you, but unless you do the work, you won’t have a book at all, let alone ‘the’ book.
I realised that it wasn’t down to me to decide which of my books would be ‘the’ book. When I talk about ‘the’ book that changed my life, that’s a personal thing. I wrote about it here! I have had letters from young women who have told me that my books have helped them. Usually, in ways I had not considered when I was writing. I wanted the book (now ‘books’ as it’s a trilogy) to offer a message of hope. The young (and some not-so-young) women I have heard from have been much more specific about how it has helped them and I love reading about their interpretation.
I can celebrate today as I talk to young people about my books, about writing and about how they can make their story count. It’s a real buzz!
You can celebrate World Book Day 2019 as an author. You can be preparing for an author visit, a book signing or simply basking in the glory of seeing your book pop up on the ‘must read’ lists in your genre.
There’s no such thing as perfection so please, get out of your own way and get those words out into the world.
There’s no better day to start than on World Book Day!