- Thinking about your book, your story, yet not putting pen to paper – or finger to laptop?!
- Stuck with where to start with your book, so not getting started at all?
- Wondering if it’s possible to actually do this, to get your story out into the world?
- Overwhelmed by the options in the ever-expanding world of writing and overthinking the process?
- In need of an experienced writer, mentor and coach to not only get you started but unlock the door of your writing blocks and help you share your story?
I’ve been there. I’ve bought the perfect new notebook and the new pen. They have been left untouched as I decide that I should probably use the laptop. I have stared at a blank word document for so long I could still see it when I closed my eyes. I have dreamt of holding my finished manuscript in my hands, of my story being a legacy, a small offering to the world, a message of hope.
I just didn’t know where to start, how to start or whether or not I should even start at all. This went on for years, yet if anyone asked me what I would love to do, I would always reply, ‘I want to write a book’.
That dream doesn’t go away, does it?
I want to help you to get this book written, now.
The fears start to loom large in our minds. Before we have typed the first words, we worry that it will be rejected by agents and publishers. We worry that we don’t know how to find agents and publishers, we certainly don’t know how to self-publish. What if we get a one-star review on Amazon?
I hate to break it to you, but you really don’t have to worry about those things. You need your book before you can start worrying about those things. Without it, I can guarantee you won’t need to worry about rejection. I can also guarantee that the desire to write your story will build, become a distraction and be the thing you’ll do ‘one day’. Do you want to look back and say ‘I wish I had…?’
I’m Marie Yates, author of the Dani Moore Trilogy, Luna’s Woodland Adventure, co-author of The Power Of The Human Canine-Bond; Turning Your Business Into A Passion and creator of My Story Counts. I work with people who have a story to share. Together we connect with your reader, structure your story and you see your book unfolding before your eyes. It’s an easy to follow, empowering process as this should be fun, shouldn’t it? Your book is your legacy and you will make a difference through sharing your story. You have complete control over what goes into your book, I am simply going to be your motivator, your guide and occasionally, your arse kicker as I believe your words need to be out in the world.
Writing a book is a journey into the unknown and as with any journey, there will be beautiful moments of self-discovery and there will be the moments where you get hideously lost, shout at the screen and proclaim this was a stupid idea in the first place.
It’s all part of the fun and don’t worry, I’ve got this!
I used to offer two options, one was a full-on, write your book in six-month ninja-style operation. I channelled my inner GI Jane and while I had a lot of fun, I will admit that it sometimes took the magic out of the creative process. Let’s be honest, you’ve waited this long to write your book, does it matter if you’re six, seven, eight or more months away from holding the finished copy?
If it does, I can happily kick your arse with a self-imposed six-month deadline. If it doesn’t, then you can set a deadline that works for you and we’ll work to that.
The process is the same, I just don’t need to shave my head for one of them. If you haven’t seen GI Jane, you don’t know what you’re missing.
If you don’t like the idea of deadlines being set and you prefer a more relaxed and creative approach, we can absolutely do that. I know that for some writers, the pressure of deadlines can dampen the creative spirit. Writing a book doesn’t have to be about deadlines or writing as quickly as possible. It’s a process, something to enjoy, something to escape into and something to savour. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then we follow the same format but we take it at your pace and work around your existing commitments.
I want to help you to be excited about the difference you will make by sharing your story.
That excitement can easily be turned into writing action and we can work through those initial barriers and get that book started. Once you have decided upon the format, the structure and the genre you will use to share your story, you’ll be running out of reasons not to write.
That’s where this programme differs from the usual pattern of coaching. I have lost count of the incredible people I have sought advice from, workshops I have attended and coaches I have been motivated by. I have walked away thinking ‘I’m doing this, I am going to write my book.’ Then, I sit at my desk, I open my laptop, and I can’t write.
I’m a huge fan of seeking inspiration, of coaching and of overcoming barriers. It’s just that for most of us, the reality of writing a book doesn’t involve escaping to a secluded island with hours of free time to contemplate the wonders of life. It involves sitting at home, being able to deal with the internal and external distractions, prioritising the time we have set aside to write and getting those words written. Living the dream is not always glamorous!
I have a tried and tested method of not only getting started but working through those blocks that come up each time we start writing. This is especially important to acknowledge when we are writing stories that are based on personal experience. There’s a process, it isn’t a one-off, it isn’t something we break through at the start of the first chapter and never face again, it’s something we face time and time again. It’s not pretty, but it is worth it.
It’s my mission to change the way we see writing and publishing. It is only through sharing our stories, speaking up and telling our truth that we can help others. Reclaiming the power of our experience makes our stories count.
My undivided attention; combining a structured coaching, writing and an accountability process.
We’re using internet calls, so you’re at home, in the environment you need to get used to writing in.
Your book will be professionally edited, by someone new to your work and with an eye for detail.
If you want to write a book, you have to do just that; WRITE A BOOK!
Remember that at every stage of this process, you have control over what goes into your book. We’ll be talking about this in our calls. This is a part of you that’s going to be out in the world and you will be proud to hold your finished book in your hands. You only have to share what you’re comfortable sharing. If other people are involved in your story or you’re worried about a wider impact, we’ll discuss the options, the ways in which we can ensure you’re comfortable with the story and how to overcome some of the natural fears about sharing your truth.
The only way to eradicate the fear of writing your book is to take action and WRITE YOUR BOOK.
Your investment is an initial deposit of £999 (this is a deposit AND it covers the cost of the professional edit) and then £275/month until you have the final, professionally edited manuscript in your hands.
Now, let’s do this.
Use the contact form below and we can schedule a time to talk all of this through, find out if it’s right for you and if I’m the person who can help you finally finish your book.