I’ve been finalising some things for my next book
I had an amazing meeting with my wonderful publisher, Hay House, earlier this week, and everything is full steam ahead. (The book will be out towards the end of 2017!)
I’m heading to Byron in just over a week to dive into the editing process for this new book and I can’t wait. I did the same thing when I edited You Are Enough (YAE) and I loved it; knowing I had a stretch of several days where all I had to do was drink coffee, write, and edit… and drink coffee, write and edit. It was excellent!
And truth be told, even though I knew how beneficial a DIY writing retreat is, I initially almost didn’t book this trip to Byron… for some reason it felt almost too indulgent, but when I really dug down, I realised something else was going on; underneath all the excitement of the potential trip and the “mind chatter” that it was too indulgent was a fear that because the writing and editing trip for YAE went so well, what if the writing and editing trip for this second book didn’t go as well?
What if I got to Byron and couldn’t edit it properly? What if I didn’t know how to make the book better? What if I got there and was tired and didn’t feel like writing? What if… what if… what if…
Ha! My inner critic was having a great time, wasn’t she?
As soon as I realised this was what the “fear of indulgence” was – a fear of failure, basically… “Well, if I don’t go, I can’t fail… so I won’t go! Ah, that takes care of that!” *wipes hands* – I could look it in the eyes, send it love and breathe it out.
Since writing this new book – on resilience, failure and surrender – I’ve come to see that a fear of failure can sometimes be confused with a fear of the light. And I’m not scared to be bright, to shine, to be seen. And I hope, beautiful , you’re not either.
What if I don’t fail, but actually create what I desire, or something better?
What if you don’t fail, but actually create what you desire, or something better?
Hmm… what if.
So I booked my trip to Byron.
And when I get there, I will write.
And I can’t wait.