Why You Should Write it NOW
I am a Life Coach. I work with amazing women, successful, professional, intelligent. Many have multiple degrees. Most have raised a family. Some have started their own businesses.
And almost every one of them has dreamed of writing a book.
1. MAYBE IT JUST COMES WITH THE TERRITORY.
2. MAYBE BEING DRIVEN TO SUCCEED IN A CAREER AND HAVE A FAMILY JUST SPAWNS THAT LITERARY DESIRE.
3. MAYBE LIVING AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE (I.E. JUGGLING THE DEMANDS OF TWO FULL TIME JOBS – CAREER AND MOTHER HOOD, OR OVERCOMING OBSTACLES THAT WOULD STOP MOST, ETC.) PLANTS THE SEED.
4. MAYBE SOMEONE TOLD THEM THEY NEEDED TO WRITE A BOOK.
5. MAYBE WANTING TO PRESERVE THE MEMORY OF SOMEONE THEY LOVE OR ADMIRE IS THAT LITTLE VOICE.
6. MAYBE IT IS REACHING THAT MIDPOINT IN LIFE, LOOKING AT THE FUTURE.
7. MAYBE IT IS A LOST DREAM.
8. I HAVE HEARD ALL OF THE ABOVE WHEN A CLIENT WISTFULLY, OFTEN OUT OF THE BLUE, SHARES , “I’VE THOUGHT MANY TIMES ABOUT WRITING A BOOK.”
My question to them, then becomes. “So, why don’t you?”
And this is where the stories become very interesting. The first thing I typically hear in response? “I don’t have time.”
Followed closely by, “I will when…….”
So, today, I want to share with you a “Who’s Who” of women that wrote books, literally changing the lives of those who read them.
CHARLOTTE BRONTE – YOU KNOW HER FOR CLASSICS LIKE “WUTHERING HEIGHTS” AND “JANE EYRE” YOU MAY EVEN KNOW SHE WROTE UNDER A PSEUDONYM, BECAUSE AT THE TIME WOMEN’S WRITINGS WERE DEEMED INFERIOR. HER WRITING, AND THAT OF HER SISTERS, ONCE THEIR TRUE NAMES WERE REVEALED OPENED A DOOR FOR FEMALE WRITERS AND BECAME LITERARY CLASSICS. SHE DIED AT 38, JUST IMAGINE IF SHE HAD WAITED UNTIL "THE RIGHT TIME".
VIRGINIA WOOLF – WIKIPEDIA: “ CONSIDERED ONE OF THE FOREMOST MODERNISTS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND A PIONEER IN THE USE OF STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS AS A NARRATIVE DEVICE. ADDITIONALLY, HER WRITING, (PARTICULARLY HER BOOK, “A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN” USED SUBSTANTIVELY IN THE 1970’S FEMINIST MOVEMENT) CONSISTENTLY WEAVES THEME OF GENDER INEQUALITY THUS, AGAIN, OPENING DOORS FOR OTHER VOICES TO WALK THROUGH.
HARRIET BEECHER STOWE – WROTE THE BESTSELLING NOVEL OF THE 19TH CENTURY, (WHICH PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE CIVIL WAR), BY DESCRIBING FOR THE WORLD, THE HORRORS OF SLAVERY.
MAYA ANGELOU – SHARED HER LIFE IN A WAY, CONSIDERED BY SOME TOO OPEN, TOO CONTROVERSIAL. HOW MANY WOMEN DID SHE SET FREE, AND HEAL, BY ALLOWING THEM TO SHARE. ALL BECAUSE SHE INVITED US IN, TO SEE THE WORLD FROM HER EYES.
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT – NOT ONLY DID SHE WRITE SOME OF THE MOST WIDELY READ YOUNG ADULT CLASSICS KNOWN, SHE WAS AN ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND THE ABOLISHMENT OF SLAVERY. USING HER VOICE TO STAND AS A ROLE MODEL AND ENCOURAGER TO WOMEN, TO FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS.
ALICE WALKER – THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PULITZER PRIZE WINNER FOR HER BOOK, “THE COLOR PURPLE”. A PRECEDENT SETTING WORK THAT NOT ONLY ACCURATELY DESCRIBED THE BRUTALITY OF RACISM, BUT DID SO IN A WAY THAT BROKE OUR HEARTS WITH THE TRUTH.
MARY SHELLEY – THE AUTHOR OF FRANKENSTEIN CHALLENGED THE 18TH CENTURY SCHOOL OF THOUGHT WHERE ONLY WEALTHY WOMEN WERE EDUCATED, (PURPORTEDLY, TO BE BETTER PARTNERS FOR THEIR WEALTHY HUSBANDS.)
EDITH WHARTON – THE FIRST FEMALE TO WIN THE PULITZER, WRITING SOCIAL CRITIQUE WITH HUMOR, TO ENCOURAGE CLOSER EXAMINATION OF THE ROLES OF GENDER, RACE AND STATUS IN SOCIETY. SHE ALSO WORKED TIRELESSLY IN PARIS DURING WWI, OPENING A WORKROOM FOR UNEMPLOYED WOMEN ENSURING THAT THEY HAD AT LEAST ONE MEAL PER DAY AND WERE PAID A FRANC; ORGANIZING THE AMERICAN HOSTEL FOR REFUGES, (FOR WHICH SHE RAISED OVER $100,000 AND RESCUED MORE THAN 900 CHILDREN REFUGES.) ALL BECAUSE SHE GAVE A VOICE TO HER DREAMS.
AGATHA CHRISTIE – LISTED AS THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF HER TIME, WAS INITIALLY AN UNSUCCESSFUL WRITER WITH AT LEAST 6 KNOWN REJECTIONS. SHE ALSO WORKED IN A PHARMACY AND SUPPORTED HERSELF AND HER DAUGHTER WITH HER WRITING WHEN HER HUSBAND LEFT HER FOR ANTHER WOMAN. AND YET SHE INSPIRED MANY OTHER FEMALE AUTHOR WITH HER PRECEDENT SETTING NOVELS.
J.K. ROWLING – NOT MUCH NEEDS TO BE SAID ABOUT HER HERE. MOST OF US KNOW HER ENTIRE RAGS TO RICHES STORY ALMOST AS WELL AS WE KNOW HARRY POTTER. BUT HER PERSONAL MESSAGE BEARS REPEATING - NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS
I COULD GO ON FOR HOURS, HELEN KELLER, SYLVIA PLATH, HARPER LEE, AYN RAND, JUDY BLUME, GEORGE ELIOT, MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT, ANNE FRANK, TONI MORRISON, TASHA TUDOR, NELLIE BLY, JUST TO NAME A FEW.
The point being, these women knew that what they had to say needed to be said. Some were told through memoir, some novels, some critiques, some autobiographically based. They often had other careers, or had to fight a prejudice we can only imagine today. They suffered personal tragedy, heartbreak, poverty, ridicule and occasionally bounced their children on their knees while writing with a quill and ink.
And yet, they knew somehow their message would touch someone. They had to get the story out there. So, I just have three questions: