“When are you writing a book?”
I got this question from a friend when I wasn’t expecting it. That question is not new to me. But this time around, it had a different meaning.
“What do you want me to write about?”. I asked.
“How you made it so far. Put it in a book and let me read.”
This made sense to me. This answers the question I’ve been battling with for a long time.
I want to write a book. But not just any book. I want my book to genuinely help others.
I want to pour my heart into the book. I want to write a book I’ll be proud of. A book that will make me smile. A book that anyone will want to read over and over again.
I want someone out there to read my book and take action. I want to change lives. I want to touch lives with my book. Even if it’s just a life, I wouldn’t mind.
These are my excuses for not writing a book. And they are valid — at least to some extent.
But should I allow them to stop me from taking action? No. I didn’t. I took action. I take actions every day.
This is because there is more to writing a book than having a reason to. You don’t just wait for a reason to write a book. You must prepare yourself for that every day.
This is applicable to everything you want to do. No matter how big or how small your goal is, your preparation must align with your goals.
I started working on my writing skills. I write. I proofread. I edit. I create content. I study what people are interested in. I read other people’s books. I put myself out every day.
Writing is not something that just comes to you even if you’re talented in it. You still have to practice. You have to put in the time into your skills. And that’s what I did. I write every day even if it’s just a few words.
It’s not easy showing up every day but I tried to. I take action. And I’m taking action every day. I know that if I don’t prepare myself, I’ll fail. And I don’t want to fail.
I know who I am. I know what I want to become. I know where I’m going. And I know what I needed to do to get there.
As a writer, I write even when they don’t feel like writing. I do this because I want to improve my skills. I don’t want to pass on opportunities repeatedly.
I read every day to improve my grammar. I don’t just read anything. I read only those things that are of interest to me.
The irony of this is that, the more I read, the larger my area of interests. I hardly find a topic that I won’t read any time I am in my zone.
Then, I’ve people who are looking up to me. I have people who are interested in my story. They want me to put my story in a book for them to read. This automatically makes me a leader.
“A writer is a reader. A reader is a leader. A leader is a writer.” — Adeyemi Adetilewa
This story is not about writing a book. This is not even about me. It’s more about you. I want you to take action. I want you to say no to excuses.
You don’t have to excuse your goals even if you’ve every reason to. Just do it. Take that step. Take action. Little drops of water makes an ocean.
Just start. Stop worrying about what people will say. Whether you choose to do it or not, people will talk. This is because most people are bored.
Don’t excuse your failure. Don’t excuse your inadequacies. Don’t excuse your shortcomings. Don’t excuse it even when you have every reason to.
If you need help getting started, let’s talk. I’ll be glad to help you find yourself.