So, I’m going to write a book.
I absolutely love my Proofreading side-hustle, don’t get me wrong! It’s not keeping me as busy as I’d like it to be, but there’s no way I’m giving that up. I love it. Helping people look good on paper is a passion of mine. But there are things I’d like to say, too.
I’ve been thinking and talking about writing a book for the better part of twenty years. Composing in my head, jotting down potential titles and starter lines… I’ve even actually started a time or two. I have lots of unfinished drafts on this very computer.
The hard part: I’ve waited for it to be perfect. In the meantime, I get caught up in the emotion; the worry that it might hurt feelings. The fear that no one will want to hear what I have to say. The “this won’t help anyone” mindset. That fear, though.
And I let it make me stop writing, time and time again.
I still have it – the fear, that is – but I’ve decided to write anyway.
I’m going to write non-fiction books about my experiences, and about overcoming adversity. I’m not special, and I’m not extraordinary; but I have been through things, and lived to tell the tales. So I’m going to. 🙂
I worked in Reservations for a startup airline in the early 2000s, and one of my first calls was from a pilot from a different, very well-known and well established airline. He said “You’re putting my friends out of business! How do you justify that?” I was flabbergasted. Really? What an odd thing to say. My response? “It’s a big sky, Sir. I like to think there’s enough room for everyone.” He muttered something (probably not very nice), and hung up.
It’s the same with writing. It’s a big world (especially since the internet!), and I’d like to think there’s enough room for everyone.
I’m starting small. I’m going to tell you all about how I met my husband (it all has to do with broccoli – YUM!). After that, I have lots of other personal stories to share. I’m not going to worry about hurting others’ feelings (because anyone who knows me knows I would never intentionally do that), and I’m not going to be afraid of what people think. I’m just going to put my life out there, share what I know, and take chances.
That’s what life is about, right? Putting ourselves out there! We do it in job interviews, in dating, even in posts on Facebook. We put ourselves out there, take a risk, and hope we can help someone. Or that they’ll hire us, or like us, or….
So, I’m going to write a book. I hope it helps someone. I hope you like it.