Let’s talk about why I took 10 years to publish my book!

Why did I let it sit for SO long?  (And was it worth the risk?)

So many reasons! Likely not much different than yours, I imagine.

Fear.  That was a pretty big one.  Fear of looking stupid, dumb, like a bad writer.  Fear of trying but failing.  Fear of being vulnerable.  Fear of taking the chance, of trying something new.

Ignorance.  I had no idea what to do, how to do it, or what ‘it’ involved! I didn’t even know where to start looking.

Motivation.  I was working full time, just on the verge of getting married and having babies.  I had enough on my plate! I was not much motivated to pursue this particular project any further.

Time.  There was never enough time for anything, How could there POSSIBLY be enough time for a book that I wasn’t even sure was any good?!

But now let’s talk about why I FINALLY went for it.  I found a tribe of like minded people, who just like me were putting their lives in order, and who also had big goals.  I managed to be vulnerable long enough to share with them that I had written a book, and then I actually let them read it!  I took a course on how to self publish, and I became determined to see it through to the end!  I learned how to make the time for the important things. (shout out to the Mojo Mama and all her ladies for their help and support!)

My life has changed drastically since I decided to pursue this dream.  The most significant step was when I decided to take the chance, to go for it even when I was scared or nervous. To push through the fear of failure and decide that it was worth the risk!

Laurie Wright

Laurie Wright

Teacher turned author, turned children's mental health advocate. Laurie has given a TEDx talk, gives workshops for parents, teachers, and children, and has published five books in the Mindful Mantras series, all to help combat the crisis kids are currently facing. Teachers can't stop the urge to teach! A course for creatives who want to write for kids is coming soon!
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