January 23, 2017
This is about my mental journey in deciding to write a book. At this stage in my business career, I don't really need to write a book for my business. So why am I writing? It's about ego. It's about legacy. It's about sharing some great idea. It's about gaining attention for a new venture. It definitely is not about making money!
I'm just getting started, so I can tell you my starting thoughts. It will be hard because in order to get a book completed, it is critical to stay focused and keep writing (whether I feel like it or not). It will be a challenge because I don't think I have enough words to put on a page. On the other hand, it will be exciting to get ideas onto a page. I love a good challenge and there will be some. It will be a challenge to see how I find enough words to put on a page. It will be a challenge to use words that will engage, energize, excite, and even educate the reader. It is definitely a challenge to complete a manuscript in eight months! I best get started!!
The backstory: I have been a blogger for over 10 years. I started blogging because I had a lot of ideas in my head and did not know what to do with them. Hence, I decided that if I blogged, I would collect my ideas and thoughts. In my blogs, I write up whatever is on my mind at the moment, so my blogs are really a glimpse of my thinking. That means my topics range far and wide and are not necessarily connected one to another. I really did not start the blog to reach an audience. In fact, I did not do anything to try to reach anyone! When I thought a useful blog was written, I would just copy and send it out. So, I now have a file of over 500 blogs I can review to find a topic from which to write a book.
The event that convinced me to write a book occurred at an Institute of Management Consultants conference in Washington, DC. One of the workshops I attended was about speaking and publishing. It intrigued me to consider publishing. The presenters were very good and laid out the processes for good speaking and effective publishing such that I felt confident that I could do this. Actually, the key push was that I started a new business and needed something to boost it into the 'view' of potential clients. So, I signed up with the publishing house, paid a fee, and will now embark on a new venture -- publishing my first book.
When I get the book done, you will hear about it!
© Dr. Baldwin H. Tom CMC, FIMC