My book baby in it’s new form!
This week I find myself looking to the future and smiling in the direction of some big dreams which have taken several steps from “out there” to “right here in front of me.”
I had a lot of fun cleaning up, printing out and reading my book notes in preparation for a conversation with a book coach. Yes you can find a coach for everything!
I have been writing for months now as the inspiration strikes but this was the first time I held it all as a hard copy and let myself listen for the key themes and (hopefully) elegant design.
The truth is that this was hard to do. I was afraid to turn on my inner editor in fear that she might Edward Scissor hands all of my newly birthed inspiration.
But not reorganizing my work was getting to be a bit crazy.
I had a funny feeling as I sifted and made new connections. At a certain point I paused and looked up realizing something. “Wait! There is no prompt!” I said to myself. There is no committee to give me admission or to win a contest. No one telling me to write on this and not that.
I have never taken on a big writing project without there being a gatekeeper of some sort: professor, grant review board or the like.
How free I felt to sort according to my own values and priorities. And even more exciting: to imagine the reader and how best to structure these steps on a path to help them find freedom.
I lifted the chapter themes and placed them on sticky notes on a clear glass frame so I could play around with them (a great idea courtesy of said book coach.) For good measure I am currently storing my book baby frame in my office in front of a vision board which I made on a great trip to West Texas with my kids.
Now I get that vision boards and free-form writing sessions do not a book make. And that truthfully if I’m going to be published the traditional route there are still gatekeepers: editorial boards etc who determine whether my book is a good fit for them and their audience.
But again and again I come to realize that it is the internal obstacles which are the most powerful.
And after an inspiring conversation with a publisher a few months back I have been rereading blog posts and hearing feedback from Bird in Hand readers. In the process I have come to recognize that this overachiever recovery book was in the making long before now — but I had some core misperceptions to burn through before I was ready to really own it.
So I’m introducing a blog series to walk through these myths. If you have a juicy goal I hope this series might help you clear out any inner obstacles so the goal can go from “out there” to “right here + totally possible.”
Look for this new series starting in February. And please invite a friend who might benefit from it to join my email list (below) so they won’t miss out when the myth busting gets started!
PS Are you someone who wants to show up and serve Big in life but you don’t want to sacrifice your happiness or sensitive nervous system in the process? Join me and other changemakers this April at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Three spots remain with the special bonus gift. Read all the details + register today! xo Courtney
Courtney Pinkerton, M.Div & M.PP, is a holistic life and leadership coach and the founder of Bird in Hand Coaching. She holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Kennedy School, is the host of the Summer of Meditation Challenge and publishes a weekly e-newsletter on real-world mindfulness practices. Courtney teaches regularly on the Enneagram, meditation, and conscious approaches to leadership and parenting. She lives in Oak Cliff, Texas with her husband Richard Amory where they try to keep up with their three children and remember to water their garden boxes. Courtney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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