Are you a writer?
There are some authors that pound out books like they are nothing, and it always felt like Dr. Wayne Dyer was one of them. He'd get up early every morning and go down to his desk and write. He kept journals on hand for when the urge to write hit. I've lost count of how many books he authored, mainly because of how many were translated and sold around the world.
So I've been diving in for us to find his pearls of wisdom on being an author and I came across this article on his blog entitled "Are You a Writer". I'm sending you the post in it's entirety and have highlighted the parts that really struck my soul but if you want to read it from where it came from click here.
"People ask me about writing all the time. How does it work? How can they get their message out to the world? On the recent Hay House I Can Do It cruise, I spoke to the Writer’s Workshop which was one of the programs given on the ship. What a great group of eager, empowered, and energetic people! I told them that it all hinges on what Abraham Maslow taught me many years ago when I was a young doctoral student. **He told me to put forth what I wanted, my work, my message, and then detach from the outcome.** This is true for any life work because the work itself must be what is satisfying and fulfilling for you. Writing is challenging work because it’s so easy to get consumed with how it’s going, what’s going to happen to it, who’s going to like or not like it. You want to get all of that stuff out of your head and just let the work flow. If you incarnated to be a writer, if that is your passionate calling, then you’ll be getting messages from Source, from Spirit, leading you in that direction.
If you are thinking these thoughts and being guided to write, remember that you incarnated to be a writer, not necessarily an editor. Your first job is to write and not to apply a critical eye to your work without first letting it pour forth. Writing is like anything else—the more you do it, the better you get at it, the easier it comes and the less concerned you’ll be about what’s going to happen to it, where it’s going, what it sounds like, whether it’s right. After my four decades of writing, I have a practice that works beautifully for me. I just let the ideas flow through my heart. I don’t write with a machine. I write with a pen and a paper which is what is most comfortable for me. I just let it flow, and I have a wonderful editor who’s been with me for 32 years. I let her take care of all the details.
To get started, forget the details and let your ideas come out on paper. Get your passion on the paper. Let the passion that you feel come through. You won’t be able to stop and it will be the best writing you ever did. Detach from the outcome. Forget about whether it’s going to get published, whether it’s good or not good, whether it’s the right thing. There is no right in this. Let it come; be an instrument of flow. It’s the practice that makes it work out. If you told me you had a lousy backhand in tennis, wouldn’t I tell you to go out and hit 1000 backhand shots this week? Keep doing what you love to the best of your ability. Stop judging and get out of your own way. I always tell audiences when I talk about writing: Writing isn’t something I do, writing is something that I am. I am writing—it’s just an expression of me. Is that how it is for you?"
So in a nut shell, write. Let it pour out of you without the expectation of what it 'could' be. Release that and be what you're being called to be - a writer.
Publishing My Books Was The BEST Self Development I Have Ever Done
It demanded me to be clear about my message. It demanded that I stand in my power and believe in myself. It demanded that I bypass my fears and limitations. It demanded me to produce something without knowing it's outcome.
In other words, writing made me dive deep into ME and I grew stronger with every word.
There's no halfway book for me.
I will be honest, I have friends who have published books that were just production line books - like a fancy brochure pumped out in 30 days or less with a cover slapped on it and voila! Done.
It's just not how I choose to do things.
Each book I've written has a piece of me in it. They are never the book to push my business - they are meant to serve and inspire and help change the world one reader at a time.
So I'm including this little piece from Gabby Bernstein here for you. She just released her latest book, "The Universe Has Your Back" and she talks about what writing the book did for her as the author.
"I have a personal story to share with you.
Today is the launch of my new book, The Universe Has Your Back. Writing a book can be a very vulnerable process. This was the case for me.
I wrote this book in 2015 when I was going through the toughest time of my life.
Day after day I woke up feeling helpless, scared and blocked. What saddened me most was that my spiritual connection felt weak.
But I couldn’t wallow in my suffering. I had a book deal and a deadline. I had to show up.
I woke up each morning and committed to writing 1,000 words.
I dove deep for this book. I shared my authentic stories, struggles and miracles. I poured my truth onto the page.
Writing this book healed me.
Each lesson I teach in the book, I applied in my own life. Each meditation I mastered. Through the process of writing this book I transformed my fear into faith.
And now I offer you an invitation to do the same.
It’s time to get real. It’s time to get honest. It’s time to be happy and free.
My commitment with this book is to wake up as many people as possible to their connection to faith and joy.
In that connection, we can be guided to our true purpose: to be love and spread love.
These words can no longer be cute buzz phrases that we post on social media and screen-print on tote bags. These words must be our mission. The happiness, safety and security we long for lies in our commitment to love.
We’re not playing small here. Transforming fear into faith is major. (It’s everything.) We need this now more than ever — and I cannot wait for you to get the book in your hands.
Start your journey today and know The Universe Has Your Back.
This is what writing is all about for me... it's a journey into yourself.
So make a choice for YOU.
You can write any book.
Or you can bleed your soul onto the pages and emerge new.