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That elusive book of mine

For a longer time I’ve wanted to write a book. Several people have told me I ought to share what I know. The catch is that what I’ve written so far is purely for my own pleasure and nothing to share. Now things change – for the better. I have a partner in crime, we intend to create the book together. We’re in the same business, helping people change and develop, and we work on our own change and development as well.

There’s no deadline set but we’re intent on keeping a steady pace. Since we’re in the beginning of our book project it’s still more of bouncing topics and ideas than actually writing. The introduction, still a draft, looks like this:

The book is written with a very small audience – ourselves. At the same time, we know that the book is relevant to many more. When we now share the book with others, the goal is that the book will provide both inspiration and insights. We want the book to lead to reflection. Above all, we want to inspire and motivate you the reader to make the changes that you want to do.

The book is based on our own personal and spiritual development, supplemented by experiences of working with clients. It is a sometimes meandering journey between different subjects and problems and joys. We have done our best to avoid lecturing and platitudes. Where relevant, we have tips and tools so that you as readers have the opportunity to gain practical utility of the book.

Drafts and snippets will be posted in my blogs. That means here at Bengt’s Notes as well as at Bengt Wendel (Swedish), GRS Mentor (English), GRS Mentor (Swedish) and at The Mental Leap.

If the stuff that you're writing is not for yourself, it won't work. - Stephen King

Reasons to write

Jeff Goins blogs about The Wrong Reasons to Write. I only qoute the lists, Jeff expands more on them in his post.

The wrong reasons to write
You want to be heard.
You want to be famous, to make a name for yourself.
You want to impress people with big words and sound smart.
You want to make a ton of money.

The right reasons to write
You have something important to say.
You want to make others feel understood, like they’re not alone.
You want to make a difference with your words.
You want to teach the world something it wouldn’t otherwise know.

I struggle with my own, often non-existing, writing. To me Jeff’s right reasons to write makes sense when it comes to writing with the purpose to share it with others. Having something to say and to make a difference, to have an impact, are terrific reasons to write. I’m still mostly writing for myself, to get into the habit of writing.

Everything that needs to be said has already been said

Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.
André Gide

I came across the quote above in Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative. One excuse I have used for not writing is that everything has already been said and written. Who am I to be able to add anything new? What André Gide says makes my excuse crumble, good things are worth repeating and phrase in new ways.

Blogg100 2014, day 7

Today was the first day I let it slip and did not post anything in Blogg100 2014. I make that up by backdating a post.

Fail fast and cheap. Fail often. Fail in a way that doesn’t kill you.

In connection to a post on Facebook about blogging I found this comment:

I cringe at the thought of converting ideas in my head into words. But the more I read about writing, the more I realize I need to just get over the fear and feel some pain to allow the magic to happen.

That’s highly relevant for me. I need to push through, write for the sake of writing and then publish in order to fail fast and often. Failing on my own blogs are for free, all it takes is actually to publish.

Update Blogg100 didn’t work for me, I missed several days and then quit. I got to find other ways that keep me blogging.

Day one as writer

Today is day one of my writer life, in a serious manner. It’s the first day when I have scheduled time for free writing in the morning. I’ve written in bursts before, quite a lot some days, zero most days. That’s not a working way to the elusive book that I might end up writing.

Today is day 28 of writing the morning pages, inspired by the book “The Artist’s Way” which I hope will help me unleash the creative forces within (and without). Those morning pages, I write around 500 words, are a great way to create a writing habit. I say it takes 28 days to create a new habit, that seems accurate in this case since my free writing started today.

Morning Pages

Yesterday I started reading “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity”. It’s a really interesting book with a 12 week process to find, or rather recover, your creativity. One tool is the morning pages, to write 3 pages in longhand each and every morning. I started with that today, it worked like a charm and was really fun.

From her website Julia Cameron Live:

The Artist’s Way movement began more than two decades ago as author Julia Cameron shared her ideas with a few friends in her living room. Today, The Artist’s Way has helped millions of people around the world discover–and recover– their creativity.

The Book Depository: Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today–or perhaps even more so–than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work.

In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century.

Update May 18, 2014
Writing morning pages is a terrific habit. Content varies from whining to notes around events in life to things falling in place. Whatever I write it’s a great way to either get things and thoughts out of the system or to achieve clarity. Writing in the morning means I start the day with a clearer mind and soul. Today and yesterday was all about clarity, as I wrote thoughts and concepts I have mulled over the last 2-3 weeks fell in place and made sense.

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