To write a book is to make a series of decisions, which is to say no to some things. That's not easy for those of us who have lots of ideas and see all possibilities. We are open, but we have to learn to narrow our focus in order to make something specific.
You can't worry if what you choose is right. That will paralyze you. You can't live in endless possibility. It will prevent you from developing your ideas and writing a book.
It’s important to not create any drama around saying no to ideas. Simply write down the idea you’re not using, know you can use it in something else later and move on. I know ideas sometimes feel precious. I know developed ideas feel even more so. If they don't belong in a specific work, let them go. Discipline is doing the work without the drama.
The book creation process begins when you choose one idea. With this decision you engage the gestation process. This means your subconscious can go to work on that particular idea.
During the gestation process, no decisions are made. You step into idea generation again. These new ideas are attached to the seed idea you planted into your subconscious by choosing it.
Once those ideas about how to develop the seed idea start to rise to the surface, you get to start making decisions again. You do this through writing down what comes up and sorting through what works and what doesn’t. The idea will begin to form as you write.
There will be other decisions to make such as how the book will be structured and later what to keep or discard. Along the way the decision making process will be engaged. And over and over again, you’ll go into gestation to let ideas develop enough to make better decisions about them.
By the end of this process you’ll have a book from which your ideas can be shared. It’s a long process and it does more than just produce a book. It is transformative. You develop a pattern of making decisions consciously.
As we move through our day we’re making decisions all the time, but most of them are conditioned responses and habits. To create something we have to be conscious. To make conscious decisions over and over again requires us to stay aware and engaged. This ability tends to spill over into our lives. We’ve become a master decision maker.
If you want to write and create books, get used to making decisions. Being a creator is not a wishy washy vocation. You’re the author. Own it. Turn your ideas and message into books so they may help others. As you do so, you’ll begin to realize you’re the author of more than just the words on the page. You’re the author of your life.
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