I recently lost 15lbs on a healthy eating programme whereby I sent a photograph of everything I ate for 6-weeks to my supportive host. Yve talked me through her 6 for Success Programme, set me up with a gazillion recipes, and sent me on my merry way.
Her daily Whatsapp messages included a cheery ‘good morning’ and an early afternoon check on my water intake, plus advice on the foods I was putting on my plate. Without her support, I would have fallen off the wagon within days of starting.
What’s my weight loss got to do with writing books, I hear you ask? Stay with me.
I’m one of those people who have multiple ideas, twenty projects on the go at once, and still want to add more shiny things to my to-do list. I can overwhelm myself because I’m curious and creative in equal measures.
It’s good to have such an overactive imagination (I am an author, after all). However, it often means I start something only to burn out before I’ve finished.
This happens in every area of my life, not just weight loss.
Can you relate?
How many notebooks have you filled with business ideas, marketing notes, midnight scribbles of world domination? Yep, me too.
One of the things I love about being an author is meeting other writers who understand how my brain works. They appreciate that when I stare off into space, it’s because I’m developing a plotline or having an internal conversation with a character. My fellow scribes are also there when I need support, advice, or a swift kick up the…
Having a ‘buddy’ who can urge you on or talk you off the ledge when you’re having a 2am outlining crisis is essential. But how do you find a writing buddy if this is your first book?
Writing Groups – finding a group of like-minded people who are interested in writing is a fabulous way to stay focused on your projects. It’s always best to test these groups out, as some do stick to a specific genre. For example, if you’re writing a business book about marketing in the equestrian world, you won’t get what you want or need from a poetry group. It’s also worth checking that the feedback you receive on your work is objective and constructive. I’ve been in groups where the participants are too afraid to say they dislike something and others where the criticism can get too personal. It’s a careful balance that needs nurturing if you’re going to get the most from your writing group. When you find a good one, they’ll become your biggest cheerleaders.
Friends/Family – I add this section with enormous trepidation as our family and friends can be guilty of bending the truth when giving feedback. If you have a friend who will tell you exactly what they think, then see if they’ll support you as you write.
Creative Writing Courses – most courses are for a set length of time or within term time if run through your local college. The tutors offer fabulous feedback as you write, and your classmates can also be a source of inspiration and motivation. Most courses have a fixed theme, such as memoir writing.
Book/Writing Coach – having a dedicated book coach gives the same one-to-one support I received from Yve, culminating in my weight loss. Working with a coach means they take every step with you and hold your hand throughout the process. You may enjoy reading my post, 3 Ways a Book Coach Can Help You Write Non-Fiction.
Deadlines are a huge part of any author’s life. We can’t dodge them, so we embrace them as a fixed point when our work needs to be completed. Over the years, I’ve learned to work with my deadlines instead of push against them.
Having a deadline makes you 40% more likely to achieve your goal of writing a book. You may find that statistic encouraging. However, 95% of people successfully meet their goals when they work with an accountability partner.
Writing a book is hard work. Having someone who holds you accountable for your project will allow you to move through your book from idea to publication steadily. They are there to talk about your progress and support your success.
What have I found over my years of helping people to write books? There is always the excitement and drive of the initial idea, followed by a flurry of writing. Then real life kicks in, and that incredible idea gets pushed to the bottom of the pile.
Working one-to-one with a book coach is powerful, but if you can’t commit to that intense time frame, what can you do?
Monthly membership allows you to write at your own pace to fit around your family, caring, or business commitments. It offers you support from more than one avenue as your coach and fellow members are all on the same journey.
Group coaching allows you to feel inspired by other writers, motivated when you see other people completing their chapters, and excited when each of you reaches publication. It becomes a writing community.
I designed my membership to help women write their books in a safe group environment. Instead of meeting up once a month to write and share feedback, you receive mentoring, support, a private Facebook group to ask questions and share your wins, as well as guest speakers from the writing, editing, and publishing industry.
For £49 a month, you can write your book with the peace of mind that a multi-genre author and book coach is holding your hand every step of the way.
What’s included in your monthly membership?
All the coaching calls are recorded and shared in the Facebook group for members who can’t make the live sessions.
To sign up for the monthly membership, all you need to do is book your initial 1:1 session. Once this is set up, you’ll receive an email with a link to the Facebook group and a list of all the coaching dates. You don’t have to wait to jump straight in, so please don’t worry if you can’t get your 1:1 booked for a few weeks.
“I feel more confident and organised now, and I know I wouldn’t have got this far without joining the membership.” Liz Stanford – The Calm Birth School