The vast majority of us have talked about writing a book. Problem is, the vast majority of us never make time to sit down and get the words on the page. Christine Kloser got immersed in publishing when her husband decided to write a book involving interviews with Major League Baseball players. She pored over Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual, learning the nuts and bolts of putting a book together to assist her husband in becoming a published author.
At the same time, Kloser was involved in the leadership of the Network for Empowering Women Entrepreneurs, and she often heard members talk about becoming authors—yet fail to take action. She decided to apply her knowledge of the writing process and help these women get published: Kloser offered to compile the book if each woman would agree to write one chapter. That book, entitled Inspiration to Realization, made the 2005 Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of top reads for women, and soon other women were begging Kloser for help in writing a book of their own.
Inspired to create a company that would help people write transformational books, Kloser designed the Get Your Book Done process. Ten years later, she has trained 70,000 writers in more than 125 countries, serving as a master facilitator and trainer in the area of excavating your message and writing books that positively impact the world. She is an international speaker and the author of 13 books herself, including best-sellers and award-winners such as Conscious Entrepreneurs, The Freedom Formula, and Pebbles in the Pond. Today she describes the first steps in becoming a transformational author, the structure of her Get Your Book Done process, and why it’s important to write without editing.
Key Interview Takeaways
The first step in writing a transformational book is to ask yourself what transformation you want for yourself, your reader, your business, and the world. Kloser recommends defining the change you want as a result of your book and writing for your ideal reader.
Kloser’s firm affords aspiring writers the opportunity to build the necessary foundation, develop an appropriate outline, and design a plan to sit down and write. Her online course, coaching practice and writing retreats guide clients through this eight-module process.
You don’t necessarily have to be a writer to be an author. If you have a message and you are willing to practice, you can write a book.
Give yourself permission to write an SFD. Kloser compares the writing process to that of a potter at the wheel: The writer’s ‘shitty first draft’ is like the initial messy clump of clay. Once you get the words on the page, they can be shaped into something beautiful.
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