Getting Started for Authors Tip: Conquering Limited Beliefs
The 31 Days of Author Tips features the advice from Jenn Grace and other authors, publishers, and people in the writing industry. From hearing Publish Your Purpose Press Founder and CEO, Jenn T. Grace, you’ll learn the basics of the writing process as well as more intricate details and tips not found anywhere else. You’ll learn how to be better prepared when you set out to write your story. Whether you are writing a memoir or any non-fiction where a piece of your story is shared, you’ll be better equipped for success after having listened to these tips.
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Author Tip Transcript
Guest Tipster, Lisa Corrado, Director of Author Success
Every person has some sort of limiting belief(s) that gets in the way of fully doing something we want to accomplish.
Imposter Syndrome (doubting yourself):
- Who am I to do this?
- I have a story I want to share with the world, but I’m not a writer.
- Who’s going to care about my story; about what I have to say?
- Other people can do this better?
You are the right person to write this book because you are telling your story from your viewpoint. Being authentic and sharing who you are helps you connect with the audience that will want to hear your message. Someone might have written on the same topic, but they wrote it differently than you present it. Your message will connect with certain people in a way that they connect.
Own your story and tell it. Authors often try to bring more outside material, research and other experts, to offer more to the reader and make the book more valuable, but you don’t need to bring in all this data or expert stuff. Tell your story. Your story is what is so compelling in your own voice. It’s going to come with all your emotion and depth, from your point of view.
When you present to an audience, you are presenting with your own style and your own perspective; your thought leadership will get you more business.
Stories are relatable and what people remember most.
Sometimes bringing in experts makes sense but don’t pad the content because you don’t trust your own story. People want to see how YOU went through it and want to learn about your process – to see you as a human they can connect with. Chances of being hired and recognized as an expert will come when people feel connected as a relatable human being.
Imposter syndrome often comes when you’re doing something for the first time (like writing a book) or exploring a new area of expertise. Even if you know your stuff cold, the imposter syndrome can pop up.
Reduce imposter syndrome by answering these questions:
- Why is it important that you are the one writing this?
- What will the result be of you bringing this message into the world?
- What do you hope will happen?
Putting your message out there makes you feel vulnerable. Hoping people like it; hoping people like you. Know that you can’t please everybody but that you will have a specific audience that will connect with your book, your message.
When an author gets responses from readers, and then know that someone was impacted by the work, this helps you squash the monster (at least temporarily) that is the imposter syndrome. This is the nature of the process of putting yourself out there in a public way
Doing something is that is comfortable means you’re not stretching yourself. Build character by pushing beyond your limits.
Feel assured that successful people have imposter syndrome all the time, despite their perceived outward success.
Just keep moving forward and keep taking action and soon you will be finished. And you will feel great that you did something that you didn’t think you could. And people will read your book. And soon you will feel it was worth the pain.
Have a plan in place to help you squash those self-limiting beliefs.
Know that today’s typing is going to be tomorrow’s book!
You have to know that if you write 500 words (even though you have trouble getting to the computer to start) OR, 5000 words that might come flawlessly and seamlessly, it doesn’t really matter because you will end up with a book.
Key Step before beginning is goal setting. Getting clarity around specific goals will fight any sense of overwhelm and paralysis of not being sure. Goals help you create your action plan, and get you moving.
Program Getting Started for Authors has a 15 minute video about how to get started. Publishyourpurposepress.com has links to video.
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