How to get started in writing your book

How to get started in writing your book

Have you ever thought about writing a book? Is your imagination riddled with plot twists or maybe you’ve overcome challenges worth sharing and you want to show other people what is possible?

And maybe all you know for right now is that you want to write a book because you feel called to do it, or it excites to call yourself an author.

Either way, you’ve been procrastinating because

  • you don’t know how to begin
  • you worry anyone will read your book
  • you don’t know how to get it published

Well, good news because I am going to share with you how to get going so you can stop just wishing and dreaming about a book and get it done!

Find your story

So, let me ask you, do you want to write a fiction or a non-fiction book?

Now that you have an idea of the genre, it’s time to brainstorm.

For fiction books, mind-map your story.

For non-fiction books, brainstorm ideas of the things you want to write about that you have lived through, experiences and maybe you want to teach.

Commit to writing

Now that you have a story to tell and know what you will be writing about, commitment will be key. how many words or pages a day can you and are you willing to write that doesn’t overwhelm your already existing life activities? Commit to that.

Start writing

Now it’s time to start writing. Whatever you committed to, you need to start taking action. Plan and schedule, it into your week and stick with it. This, not the time to worry about perfection, grammar, and spelling. This is the time to make it happen.

Edit and proof-read your work

Once you have completed your story, it’s time to worry and work through the grammar and spelling errors. Print it out, and read it aloud to yourself. Or you can ask a friend to help you or maybe even hire someone to do this part.

Get it published

The world has changed and we no longer need to wait for rejection letters to our manuscript. Instead, we can self-publish our books through createspace.com or lulu.com and many other places that I don’t know about. The two I mentioned are the ones I use.

Voila!

Now go and be off and write that masterpiece!

If you want some more guidance about how to write a book, there is a course in the Rebel Soul Connection just waiting for you!

I am Creative Coloring Page

I am Creative Coloring Page

This week’s coloring page is for the Creative in all of us. We know we are creative but find it difficult to own that because it feels foreign and strange – but truly we all are creative.

Years ago, when I started my first business, I had the hardest time calling myself an artist and then again when I published my first book, I found it tough to call myself an author.

But in the end, this is who and what I am

Creative

You can get yourself the “I am creative” coloring page, in Create your Colorful Life Membership right here!

And if you like to start using daily affirmations in your morning ritual, here is just one way you can start:

  1. I sit quietly and take a few breaths.
  2. I ask what I need to know in this moment.
  3. The first thought that comes to mind is what I go with because I believe that when we start second guessing, we create it to what we want it to be rather than really looking at what is coming up and requires us to do some work.
  4. Then I journal about why this came up. I explore past experiences where I may have felt the negative aspect of what I am trying to affirm right now.

This has been super helpful to me in acknowledging areas in my past that needed some healing, forgiving and even rewriting parts of what I tell myself about the situation. I am not rewriting the situation in itself, just my feelings around it.

In using affirmations this way, I allow myself to dive in deeper to get at the root of where I may be lacking confidence and yes even feel the need to empower myself.

Who is Petra Monaco?

Who is Petra Monaco?

Seems like it’s an odd post to an already somewhat established blog and it boils down to the fact that I always like to challenge myself and go to the next level – though I never know what the next level really is. I committed to Blogging for the own journey and I have said some time ago that I wanted to be a writer. I am already an author, but I wanted to be a writer.

But aren’t you a writer when you have already authored a book? Well, yes sort of – kind of – I think.

I don’t practice writing enough and with this, I am stating this goal publicly.

I want to write more.

I also want you to read it. I think I have some things to say that are meaningful to some of you – maybe even inspirational in some quirky way. I also have stories locked inside my mind that need to be unleashed.

But Who am I?

actionsI am a 39 – ok well almost 40-year-old mother who was born in Bad Homburg Germany and lived in foster homes since the age of 2. It has caused me great pain but also amazing victories in life. I became pregnant for the first time at the age of 17 with my first boy and at age 30 I gave birth to my last and fourth boy. I have been to college and attempted to pursue every dream or goal I have ever had – and all too often changed my mind on the dream or goal itself. I am currently doing exactly what I want to do and allow myself to simply follow the flow of the sunrise to sunset.

One of my goals to blog more consistently is to release the inner beast of the imagination but also share some insights that I have gained over the years through various experiences. I find that sharing what I have to say in a public place that I have a way of reaching out to someone who may have had or had similar experiences. I also hope to write short stories of fiction as I continue to challenge my own mind. So, you will probably continue to see a variety of topics on this blog from personal to fictional and even poetry in some form.

By undertaking the commitment to Blogging is that I will expand on my writing skills in the English language. Since English is my second language, my written word often differs from my spoken word and I hope to find a way to mesh the two if for nothing else to be clearer in my writing.

I feel like I’ve been trained too much in academic writing that somehow, I lost my voice with also the tiny realization that I am just now finding my own voice.

BooksSo here is to me sharing my world, you perhaps find a way to connect with what I have to say.