Every year some of my team and I travel to a beautiful white-washed village, nestled in the Andalucian Mountains, for one of our writing retreats.
I am often asked:
What do you do?
Why do writers have to go away to write a book?
How structured is it?
Can I get my book written in a weekend?
I’m really excited about our upcoming writing retreat in Spain, which is one of my highlights of the year!
We’ve had a few questions, so thought I’d respond to them in this blog. If you have any further questions, please contact me and I’ll be back to you on an individual basis.
What is the ‘writing retreat’?
The writing retreat is a great opportunity for you to join my team and I in Spain for 5 nights to work on your book. We will support you at whatever stage you’re at, whether you’ve just started, are writing, in the editing stage, or are planning your marketing.
Like many of my clients, Helen has dreamed of writing a book for many years. She knew that she wanted to help more people, and with limited time available, writing books was the perfect solution.
And after reading the first chapter of Your Book is the Hook, she hired me for support to write them!
I’d like to give you advance notice of this event, so that you can schedule it into your diary!
Here’s the link to more information: www.writingretreats.co.uk.
If, like many people, you have good intentions to write your book, but it’s always going on the back burner, then do read on.
As Benjamin Franklin supposedly once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
You’ll know this is true if you had a grand plan for writing a book this year, and it simply hasn’t happened.
There are all sorts of things that can get in the way – not enough time, not enough focus, lack of structure, overwhelm, or simply not making it a priority in your life. Continue reading
There are a lot of people talking about writing a book at the moment. And there are many people claiming to say that they can help you.
I’ve lost count of the number of so-called experts telling you that you can write a book in a weekend, and setting unrealistic expectations.
If you’re writing a book, would you prefer to do it the hard way or the easy way?
A book is a big project and it’s not one to be taken lightly. It will take you time to write it. It will be a big part of your life for many months or more. And then you’ve got to publish it and market it!
You need to be committed to writing a book. You need time in your diary, and you need to have a plan to get it done.
And if you’re not sure where to start, here are my tips to help you to do it.
It’s Sunday morning and it’s 3.30am. I wake up suddenly and it’s quiet, too quiet and the room is pitch black. The silence is occasionally interrupted by a donkey baying in the distance. And then my mind starts whirring, ideas flying around in my creative brain.
After 30 minutes of thinking, I know I have to write them down before I forget them. I don’t feel tired despite going to bed just 3 hours earlier after celebrating the 40th birthday of one of our clients.
The unexpected ideas, the sparks of inspiration, and the aha moments: That’s the only problem with running – and attending – a writing retreat!!
When you write a book that is the hook to build your business, it’s not just about producing an effective marketing tool, although that’s part of it.
The journey an author goes on to write the book is where the real magic happens. You are forced to gain clarity of your knowledge.
It challenges you to be confident in what you are saying.
And when you have clarity and confidence, guess what? You’ll attract more clients.