Monthly Archives: August 2017

Will writing a book increase my reach and bring me success?

This week there was a fascinating debate in one of the business groups I belong  to. A coach asked this question: “A book helps a person establish themselves as an expert in their field. True or false?’ Now what a juicy question. There were as many people who said false as people who said true. 

And here is what I think. 

There are so many experts books out there that if you want your book to stand out, it needs to have that little extra in it. At the very least it must be well written, but that is not enough. It is however, essential if you don’t want your book to actually damage your reputation. It is so easy to self publish these days that the temptation is real to just write away and publish something way before the book is actually polished to a professional standard. 

But I believe it needs to be much more than an “expert book” How-to books have their own value but they are not inspiring. They are just manuals. Usually they are written by people who teach how to do something because their whole career has been about honing one specific skill. Say you want to learn how to grow vegetables in your garden, you would turn to an expert book written by a seasoned gardener. 

These books are good but they don’t excite me. The same goes for business books. Every topic under the sun has already been written about. So to increase your reach, your book has to have more. It needs to be inspirational. And there is a great way to turn your “expert” book into an inspirational book. You need to change your perspective. Instead of trying to pose as an expert, you need to get down your pedestal and walk amongst peers. You need to write your book with curiosity. You need to write your book as a journey and share compelling stories that prove your point. You need to have a clear argument. And you need to learn how to write a good book. This take time, dedication and guidance. 

This exciting book that you could be writing is called a big idea book. It borrows from all the different genres and blends them into one compelling read. As a book Angel who works with inspirational writers, it is the kind of book that gets me excited. 

If you have a big idea book in you but don’t know how to write it or feel you could benefit from the guidance of a supportive community and  group coaching from me, why not join my writing academy. The doors open on the 1st September. Ladies only. Click here to find out more.

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How to increase the likelihood of reaching your goal

Suppose that your goal was to write a book. This is something you have been thinking for a long time. Maybe friends and even clients have told you that you should write a book.

The first step is to understand what your book is about and to map out a plan with milestones. This is what my seven day mini course is about. It will connect you to your book so that you understand what it is all about by going through a guided meditation. The next round of my mini course will start on the 21st of August 2017. Sign up here if you want to have some really good foundation for your writing.

Once your foundations are in place, you want to start establishing a routine. So you will be writing daily or weekly goals. It really doesn’t matter what word count you set up for yourself but I suggest that you start small rather than big. You want something that is sustainable. So set your timer for 25 minutes and see how much you can write in that time slot. Make this your daily goal. When I tried that technique to estimate how many words I could write in twenty minutes, I managed to write 1,200 words.

An average book contains 80,000 words. My calculator says that if you wrote 1200 per day, by focusing your writing in slots of only twenty fives minutes, you would have written your first draft in 66 days. Personally, I don’t want to put the pressure on myself to write seven days a week. I don’t think it’s healthy. You need to get out of your head at least two days a week. So let’s assume you write 22 days per month. This means that by sticking to the goal of writing 1,200 words per day, five days a week, you will have your first draft in four months. How fantastic is that.

But this doesn’t mean anything. Because we can talk about this until we are both blue in the face, it won’t make it happen. What will make it happen is your commitment to your book. Something I invite you to do on day 7 of my mini course. If you are a commitment freak (read: fear of success), that might take a little bit of work. I am very good at helping with this, by the way, so don’t hesitate to book a one to one session with me if you are afraid to commit.

Did you know, however, that being a member of a supporting community or hiring a coach increases your chances of completing your first manuscript by 40%. Especially if you are the kind of person who thrives on external accountability. Only one person out of four is self reliant. I am lucky to be one of those.

UPDATE: the launch price of £22 is no longer available. To join, click here: http://www.paypal.me/AngedeLumiere/GBP33. Ladies only

To your writing,

(c) Ange de Lumiere 2017

The writer’s mind

If there is one thing that writers do, is spend a lot of time in their heads. It can be a good thing but also a bad thing. Understanding how the mind works is a top priority for writers and this is the reason why I will be offering. A free webinar on the subject in October 2017 (the date and time will be emailed to you later this month). Click here to sign up: http://eepurl.com/cYKhYP

I learnt all about how the mind works when I trained as a clinical hypnotherapist in 2007. This has literally transformed my career as a writer. I had been suffering from a writer’s block for over eight years which has pushed me to explore other creative avenues, i.e. visual art. But the niggle to write was still in me. I had so much to say.

After training as a clinical hypnotherapist, it was like a tap had been open. The words started to flow. There is nothing that pleases me as much as helping others do the same. All it takes is for us to understand how the mind works.

Talented writers often suffer from fragile egos. They are also prone to fears. Don’t be fooled by their outward confidence. Their inner world is full of demons. Maybe it is because they are so sensitive. Or maybe because they spend a lot of time in their heads. Heads are dangerous places to live in. It is easy to overthink. It is easy to become the target of your inner critic and get paralysed. So knowing how the mind works and how to step out of a thinking rut is pretty important.

In my free webinar, we will use a combination of hypnotherapy theory and guided meditations to overcome fear, doubt and limiting beliefs. Sign up here if you are interested. http://eepurl.com/cYKhYP

I will be talking about what I call the two hippos.

These are two very important parts of your brain. I bet you didn’t know you had two hippos living in it. No wonder we get big headed.

The Hippocampus is part of the limbic system. It is an essential element in the process of building memory. It collate all the things that happen to you and try to make sense of them. This is where fears are born. And unhelpful beliefs. Naughty hippo. Well, not really. It is useful and its role, as part of the amygdala (the reptile brain) is to keep us safe. With hypnotherapy, we can bypass the conscious mind and go reprogramme the unconscious mind as shaped by our memories. That’s pretty cool stuff.

The Hypothalamus, on the other hand, is also part of the limbic system and it links it to the endocrine system. In lay terms, it manages all your body function and gets its instructions from the amygdala. This means that if you feel there is a danger, it will increase your heart rate, stop your digestion and freeze your reproduction system. All sorts of wonderful things to trigger the fight or flight response. I call them the three Fs. Flight, fight or freeze (pretend to be dead).

Understanding how these little guys work gives us tremendous power over our minds because it enables us to become aware that we are not our thoughts. It helps us realise that we don’t have to believe every thought we think.

So this is the kind of really useful process that I offer my clients. If you want to work with me up, why not book a session? Click here to pay. Then I will book an appointment time with you.

To your writing,

(c) Ange de Lumiere 2017