Writing a Book For Those Who Don’t Like to Write
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If I Can Write a Book You Can Too!
So primarily this blog is focused on the opinions of two women, my mother and I. However, the other day I was speaking with my father about my author business and writing books. As I mentioned in a previous post he has been one of my strongest supporters from the beginning. When I asked my father about his own goals for the year and aspirations during his twilight years, he mentioned casually that he has several books he’d like to write.
You know what came next.
I asked him immediately what was holding him back from writing a book. What he said surprised me. You know that on this blog we focus a lot on fear, and how fear can hold you back from accomplishing big goals.
My dad is the kind of guy who is extremely charming, easy to talk to, and always motivational. Do you know what I mean? The kind of person who always has a lecture on how to improve your life, or make more money. Not only is he extremely charismatic, but he has a way of getting people to support his projects either with their skills, or financially, or with their network.
So to say that I was shocked to hear that not only had he wanted to write a book motivating people to improve their lives, (sound familiar?) but that he already had book ideas is an understatement. When he told me his reason, it all made sense.
A little backstory for you.
My father was born on a very small island called Dominica, located hundred and fifteen miles southwest of the Dominican Republic. It is a part of the British West Indies of the Caribbean. My father grew up speaking two languages, the local English and a French patois. When he decided to move to the United States it didn’t occur to him to be afraid of what would happen next. As a young man, with limited island education, he went on to become a successful businessman and entrepreneur. Most of his focus has been in the fields of music, the arts, and the education of young at-risk youth in his local community.
Why would a man with so much experience and ambition be fearful of writing his own book?
His words: “I’ve never been really good at writing.”
Now, as a published author myself, and very active in the writing community, I was crushed to hear this. This was a man with so much to offer but no idea that there are so many resources and tools that make it extremely easy to write a book even if you have limited writing skills.
I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but if it has, let me put you at ease and tell you anyone can write a book. I’m going to say that again just in case your skimming and missed it the first time.
Anyone can write a book.
I’m not talking about becoming a best-selling author, making a lot of money, or being famous. But if you have a story to tell, only you can tell it. Which means, in turn, you are a storyteller and you can write it in a book. It doesn’t have to be a long book, it doesn’t even have to be a good book.
Technology is advanced enough that there are other mediums available to you. What am I talking about?
I know, it’s not new. However, the tech has come a long way and is worth investigating further. So who should consider using dictation?
Anyone who has difficulty with the written word.
People who consider themselves better speakers than writers.
Anyone with a physical infirmity that makes it difficult to sit or stand at a desk, or type on a traditional keyboard.
There are a ton of tools out there and as I am writing this post I’m using two of them.
Dragon Dictation for Mac by Nuance (also available for PC)
Neither is required for dictation as you have free tools that come with your smartphone and laptop that enable dictation. These just work a little better and faster.
Back to my dad. So I recommended to him what I’m going to recommend to anyone who has difficulty with writing. I encouraged my dad to do just two things:
Listen to one audiobook on the subject of writing
Create a mind map of the ideas he wants to write about
That’s it. Nothing crazy. Your audiobook, depending on length, may take a couple of commutes and the mind map less than an hour. I’m convinced that by the time I finish this post my dad will be writing his first book.
Have you ever wanted to write a book? Would you like to learn more about what it takes to write a book? If yes, tell what you want to know in the comments below.