I have been talking to an editor recently about creating a book proposal for her publishing house. (Pause please to jump up and down with giddiness with me at the idea of such fun. Or at least know that is what I do.)
Together we have looked through blog posts and explored possibilities. Some days ideas pour forth like the yellow leaves raining on my front yard. (I honestly think that purging my book shelves is what triggered the deluge in new writing). In fact I’m looking into options for organizing larger projects given that my Word docs are getting a bit unwieldy.
In addition I’m engaging in a writing swap with a friend from Divinity School who couples kindness with serious skillz in the art of elegant design.
And I’m gobbling up podcasts on the subject, like one on world-changing writers, as well as putting finishing touches on my office turned studio, and “tucking in” details of my business so that people can easily access my online resources.
I feel like I’m pregnant. Only blissfully there is no morning sickness. Only hope opening inside my rib cage.
So I can’t keep a secret. I wanted to write my way through this process of attending to an unfolding dream.
(To give you a sense of how long I have held this dear — I remember telling my college sweetheart I wanted to write a book one day and him saying, “Nah… there are too many books in the world. ” Now given that he was a serious student of English literature I think we can all forgive him for that less than enthusiastic response. There probably were too many books in his world:)
But those deeper desires keep lit within us, don’t they?
So here is an honest inquiry for you, Birder:
If any particular one of my blogs/emails has resonated for you I would love to know which and why.
I have a couple of key ideas taking shape for a book (in fact I worry I may be conceiving book twins as I have more than one direction I’d like to go….)
But both the editor and I have a sense that there is already a book in my blog, we just need to settle on the organizing theme/s so we can share my writing in a new way with readers.
So that is where you come in, my lovely!
Reply to this post or send me an email at email@example.com to share any of my writing which has helped you. This could be something small or an idea which has really become part of your mental furniture. If you are ambitious you can search through past emails for the relevant one/s and forward them to me or use the search box on my webpage to find the post you enjoyed and share it as a comment to today’s post.
I will be re-sharing some of your favorites on the blog and via social media.
And look for more posts from me on how to live your way into big dreams (here is a hint– whatever your Achilles heel you can expect a flare up as you stretch.)
But fear not. It is just you outgrowing your old mode.
I can’t wait to tell you about all the ways I’ve already tripped over old overachiever patterns in this process.
But the truth is, this time, I trust the project to unfold in its own sweet time.
And you are part of it! So please do take a moment to share as I am eager to listen.
Wishing you days full of falling leaves, brisk winds, and all the good.
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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