I wrote a book in 6 weeks because I felt good

“What you think you become.” I felt awful, which is what I told my coach. I also said I couldn’t write anything.  When I wrote, it looked bad. When I read it, it sounded bad. But I was determined to get this book done. Which I did in as little as 6 weeks!

So how did I go from feeling stuck and blocked in my writing, to completing the first draft of my book in less than two months?

In this blog post, I will share with you the mental breakthrough that helped me breakthrough emotional blocks, process what I suppressed, and increase my productivity as a writer.

Change your thoughts, change your life

I discussed the writing challenge I was experiencing with my coach.

Coach: “Change your thoughts, change your life.  Do you remember that Tony Robbins quote?”
Me: “Yes” (I muttered under my breath).
Coach: “What are your thoughts?”
Me: “Anxiety, fear, worry, doubt, worthlessness, pain.”
Coach: “Well, no wonder! Who can write a book from there?!?!”

So I took a break, got my journal and just focused on myself. A few weeks later, I went back to working on the book. I got it done (and published) in 6 weeks!

The realization and mental breakthrough that I received from this experience, was that when you feel good, your potential and your abilities increase – like the ease with which you can share about a personal story, a trauma or your life’s purpose.

What do you need to do to feel good (enough) to share your story?

Feeling good can also refer to beliefs you hold about yourself such as:

I am worthy.
I am happy.
I am confident.

When doing deep focus such as writing a book, particularly when this involves sharing about a painful event from your past, I recommend you also work on supporting all areas of your wellbeing on a consistent basis.

This can look different to every person based on their health history, mental challenges, and whether they have a support network they can lean on.

Some ways in which you can support your wellbeing as a writer:

  • Ensure you take regular breaks while working on your books.  This helps you to refocus, get new ideas, and stay sharp.
  • Take long walks outside and in nature in the sunshine. Vitamin D from the sun’s rays and the happy hormones produced by exercise boosts mood and mental health.
  • Ensure you fill your diet with LOW GI carbohydrates and healthy fats from plants, this will support your mood and mental clarity.
  • Maintain healthy sleeping patterns.  After you’ve been through a long writing binge late at night, try to make up the lost sleep at another time the following day or weekend.

One vital element of an effective support system for those who are still processing grief and trauma or sharing publicly about these experiences for the first time is working with a Book Writing Coach and/or Life Coach.

I would love to support you in your book writing project as a Book Writing Coach with personal experience processing trauma and sharing publicly about it through a book.

Get in touch with me to talk about what this may look like, and whether we’d be a good fit to work together.

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