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How a life tragedy turned into a story of healing


How a life tragedy turned into a story of healing

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Last updated on August 12, 2020

Why Write a Book? This is a great question, let's delve into why...

There are many reasons to write a book and the benefits are deep rooted in most instances. Everyone has a book in them, however, not everyone will write that book. To me and most of my authors understand the real benefits of writing a book is the deep healing that takes place, no matter what your story is about.

The process of writing a book in itself is helpful to you as a writer to completely off load all the ‘stuff’ that has happened in your life. It also has many other benefits like helping others understand that they are not alone in this world and that they are not the only person who is going through this situation.

Many of my authors have found that writing their story has helped them tremendously to overcome their fears, traumas, abuse, whatever their situation, it is like a huge release to be able to put it down onto paper and get it out of your head. This is where the real healing begins. Keeping all that hurt and fear pent up is unhealthy and can lead to many diseases.

As with personal stories you write about your problem and share how you overcame that problem, this is the same for books that are written for a business. They both share the same principal for wanting to write a book.

There are other reasons and benefits why you would write a book and we are going to discuss them now:

  • Helps improve your writing skills – these skills can then be transferred to other projects like writing blogs, articles, emails, reports, proposals, videos, podcasts, speeches. It will also help you create more enticing titles and headlines for all your writing projects
  • Credibility – having written a book will give you so much more credibility, people and businesses will see you in a different light
  • Increase your visibility – writing a book will position you in a way that people will see you as the expert in your field
  • Content marketing – writing a book helps you create more interesting marketing content to promote your business. It allows you to share snippets of content as articles, blogs, podcasts, speeches, webinars and more
  • Planning tools – writing a book provides the opportunity to use and master some amazing tools for mind mapping, project management and time management
  • Make decisions easier – writing a book can change the way you currently make decisions. You will encounter many new alternatives, options as well as options at each step of organising your ideas, writing your book, marketing your book and it will also help you develop better decision-making skills that can help you in other areas of your life
  • A new perspective – writing a book will help you look at large projects from a different viewpoint. Your writing and publishing experience will allow you to develop good habits and help you to break down large projects into smaller bite sized tasks
  • More confidence – When you finally get to hold your book in your hands and see your name on the front cover, your confidence will fly through the roof. Your book is proof that you are the expert in your field and that you are capable of completing such a mammoth task
  • What if – imagine you have written your book and it is very successful in so many ways, you’re now seen as the expert, people treat you with more respect, and your book is helping so many people…this starts to make your mind think…so what if I write some more books that can help others?

Remember that your story will help others, even if at the moment you don’t believe it can. I can assure you from my experience as a book coach and publisher that your story will be the exact medicine someone out there needs.

So perhaps it's time to start writing your story. Let's chat and see how I can help!

What problem have you overcome that you could write about to help others?

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You may wonder how on earth a life tragedy could possibly turn into a story of healing. Well it actually happens quite regularly in my line of business as an author coach and publisher.

In particular, I would love to share the journey of one of my amazing published authors so that you can understand how this has changed her life.

It was a Tuesday night and I was about to start teaching a creative writing course that ran for 8 weeks. I really love teaching this class where I get to meet some really amazing people that have such vivid imaginations and heartfelt stories to share.

The variety of genres is endless, there are children’s stories, life stories, thrillers, science fiction, mystery and the list goes on.

This particular class and night was very special, I did not realise it quite at the time, but it was not long after I understood exactly what had happened. We did the usual introductions where I ask them to share their name, what they want to write about and what they hope to achieve out of the course.

As we were going around, I remember this lady who was fairly quiet and did not want to share too much about her story as it was personal and still very raw, she did however tell me she had started writing this story on and off for over 20 years and was finding it difficult to complete it.

Her story was about her daughter she had lost at an early age, so you can see how it was difficult writing this story. I remember looking her straight in the eyes and saying “It’s time…it’s time you finish this book now” I remember her looking at me and I felt an instant connection with her. I now know that the words that came out of my mouth that night was not me…it was her daughter!

Her daughter was giving her the encouragement she needed to finish writing her story.

After the class ended, she came up to me and asked if I could work with her one to one as she felt she needed personal guidance to get her over the finish line with this book. We booked a date for her to come to my office so we could get started.

For the next four months’ I gently guided her to finish writing the parts that were difficult and although it was not easy for her she pushed through it. This process allowed her to heal on a much deeper level than she realised. Even though her book is a personal reflection of her beautiful daughter, it is also a book to give guidance to the many other families out there that are and will go through this same tragedy of losing a child that has cerebral palsy.

The next step for her was to get the book professionally proofread and edited. This is a crucial step of your writing journey, especially for the success of your book.

Once her book was ready and all the changes were made, we were ready to get her book published. This was a very exciting time for her and her family, to know that their beautiful young daughter was going to be honoured in a very special way.

I will always treasure the moment I rang her to come over and have a look at the proof of her book. We both had tears in our eyes, I was so proud of her achievement and we could both feel that her daughter was there with us…just as proud!

It was now time to order copies of her book for her first book launch!

I feel very honoured to have been able to walk this path with her as her author coach and publisher.

Over to You

I hope this case study has inspired you to share your journey no matter where you are on your writing path.

Perhaps you have started writing and have come up against a stumbling block or you are ready to start writing your story that will heal and inspire others.

If you are unsure of what guidance you require why not schedule a FREE 30-minute heart storming call with me and let’s get you moving forward with your writing journey.

About the author  Sue

Sue, sometimes referred to as the “People Whisperer” for her coaching skill that brings out the best in people, is known for her practical, street-savvy style; Sue's fusion of real-life stories and her conversational techniques connect with her audience at an intimate, intense and individual level.

Sue shares her success and guides others through a step by step process to find their soul language that illuminates their path and lights the way for others by sharing their story through the written word.

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