First Steps to Writing a Book

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Are you interested in writing a book but have the first clue as to where to begin? I personally know how that feels because when I set out to write my first book two years ago entitled, The Power in Waiting I had no clue what I was doing. Actually, just like you may have done, I also sat down and just started typing until I ran out of words for that day then when done I would put it down and pick it back up the next day.

What I did not know was that just like anything else in my life I needed strategy. I knew I desired to write a book but in order to make this dream a reality I had to put my faith into action and execute! I like to say it like this:

A goal without a strategic plan of action is simply a wish!

Anything you desire to do in life you must first have a game plan! One of the key things I teach in my company, Inspiring Hearts Coaching Institute (where I teach aspiring authors step by step how to become published authors) is that before you can write the book you must first identify the following:

  1. What do you have to say? Before you can write a book you must first identify what you have to say and why should anyone care? I know that may sound cold but it’s quite the opposite. These are hard truths that you must answer BEFORE you set out to write a book. Always identify a solution you are providing to a specific problem. Now sure, you can provide several solutions to multiple problems but be careful not to be too vague that you are unable to identify your target market specifically.
  2. Know who you are talking to- Who is your target market? What are their demographics (statistical data relating to the population and particular groups within it)? What are their psychographics (the study and classification of people according to their attitudes, aspirations, and other psychological criteria, especially in market research.)
  3. Identify the strategic plan of action you will implement in marketing this project- Too often I see authors who have a great story line or content, phenomenal graphic design for their book site and a website you just love visiting but yet they aren’t selling any books. Why is that? Because they waited until after the book was written to develop a marketing strategy. This is a big no no!! You do NOT wait until your book is complete before you are talking about it, hosting live readings about it, teleconferences; etc. That is just like a film director waiting until the movie comes out before they advertise it. No! The reason we run to the movie theater is because we have seen the same commercials over and over and each time our anticipation grows stronger and stronger. What is this called? Marketing strategies. Now the only way you don’t have to market a project prior to release is if your name is Beyonce’ and you have half the world who already knows and loves your stuff. I know that was pretty cool when she did this back in 2013 and her fans went crazy and she sold millions of records in a matter of hours when she released it without a warning.

The only way you don’t have to market a new project is if your name is BEYONCE’!

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If you enjoyed this tips head over to http://carlacannon.com/bsb7program/ and check out my upcoming Write the Book Already Two Hour Writer’s Intensive Teleseminar in I will be hosting for the first time ever on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 7-9pmEST.

During this tele-seminar I will be taking you step by step on how to write, publish and market your book as well as teaching how when you write a book you actually launch your business!!! I also teach you how to prevent writer’s block FOREVER! I’ve been writing for over three years professionally and have NEVER ran out of words to say or drew a blank. Don’t miss it! It’s going to be epic!

When you sign up you receive full access to this one of a kind teaching, my book: Write the Book Already absolutely FREE (that I am only offering via this program) along with a 30 minute Breakthrough Coaching session with me absolutely FREE! Head over to http://carlacannon.com/bsb7program/ now to learn more and sign up! Trust me it will be well worth the investment!

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Are You a Wounded Warrior?

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Not long ago we honored/remembered the innocent lives of nearly 3,000+ people which were lost on September 11, 2001 where terrorists attacked the Unites States. They hijacked four airplanes in mid-flight and flew two of the planes into two skyscrapers at the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact caused the buildings to catch fire and collapse. Another plane destroyed part of the Pentagon (the U.S. military headquarters) in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane then crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Officials believe that the terrorists on that plane intended to destroy either the White House or the U.S. Capitol.

Those who survived this attack were left severely wounded and this is where I gained to title: Wounded Warriors from. Just as in the natural we experience various attacks which can wear on my physical bodies, we can also undergo spiritual attacks which can weigh on us mentally and spiritually.

During my time of prayer the Lord showed me there were many wounded warriors among us today that never stepped foot in Iraq or never engaged in a physical war here on the earth but were engaging in spiritual warfare which took place in their mind, body and spirit.

God began to show me that we have a lot of people encouraging, ministering and empowering others who really need to be encouraged, ministered to and empowered themselves. So many of them have been not just hurt but wounded by people they once trusted, betrayed by those who walked the closest to them and denied by those who were supposed to have their back.

I began to intercede for these individuals being reminded of this feeling for I knew it all too well. You see, society teaches us that no matter what keep moving; keep pushing and keep moving forward in life! We hear this so much to the point that we never take time to treat our wounds. We never take time to acknowledge the hurt, the betrayal or even the events that almost took us out of here if not physically, then spiritually.

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Many are doing great things in the body of Christ but often lack the true power of God because we are so busy trying to be Superman and Superwoman pushing ourselves into believing that we can do what only God can do. Sure, we shall do greater works! But we spend so much energy trying to get others to live right instead of ensuring our own foot doesn’t slip in the process. We are so quick to put our mouths on others only to forget that we were once where they are now.

WOUNDED WARRIORS. These are people who do great things in the name of Jesus but it’s in vain because it gets to a point where they begin to operate out of religion and a repeated cycle instead of being led by the Holy Spirit. I believe there comes a time when we literally may have to shut everything down and be honest with God and cry out to Him and tell him we are hurting, tell him we are in pain, tell him we are literally fighting for our lives and truth is we don’t want anyone to know because what will they think of us? What about all the encouraging words we have been sharing with others? Why is it not working for us? Why don’t we apply our own words to our current situation but instead we’d rather walk around like everything is okay. When on the inside we are broken, crying ourselves to sleep at night, crying out to God in the midnight hour or even worst taking pills to stay awake during the day and taking pills to get us through the night.

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If you are suffering from any of the above I mentioned then you are indeed a wounded warrior in need of repair. Often times we are so accustomed to fighting that we can’t accept God’s word when He says vengeance belongs to Him according to Deuteronomy 32:35.

I want you to know that it is okay to be honest about how we feel. The Bible never tells us not to acknowledge our true feelings, it only tells us not to be led by them. Trust me, hurt people hurt people and if you are wounded and have yet to be healed you are hurting others in ways you may not even be aware of.

Here are a few ways you can overcome and transition from a wounded warrior to a healed warrior who is indeed a force to be reckoned with:

  1. Be honest about the pain you feel- Cast all of your cares upon the Lord, for He cares for you! (I Peter 5:7)
  2. Submit to Prayer & begin to pray for the people or individual who hurt you. Or perhaps you need to forgive yourself for something you have done. Know that God loves you and He’ll never leave and forsake you. He is one you can share your deepest secrets with and never have to worry about being exposed as long as you have a repentant and sincere heart. Remember God chastens those whom He loves and it is to convict you not condemn you (for condemnation is not of God- Romans 8:1)
  3.  Declare the Word of God over your situation- We are instructed to speak what God’s word says about us and not get stuck in what things appear to be in the natural. Be careful with this part because without proper balance you can end up living in a state of denial. Face your truth. Be honest about where you are. But also, know that God loves you too much for you to remain where you are. Cast down any thoughts that are not of God and that do not draw you closer to Him (II Corinthians 10:5) Remember you control your thoughts and anything the enemy offers you are merely suggestions which you can deny and say “NO!” to! Just because a thought crosses your mind does not mean you should go ahead and do it! No, talk back to the enemy and speak aloud what the Word of God says about your situation.

Now that you know how to get out of a wounded state to a healed state I want you to declare aloud:

“Yes, I was hurt, but I have acknowledged it and now I am healed!”

“Yes, I made some mistakes but I will not allow it to hinder me from transforming into who Christ created me to be!”

“I forgive every person who has ever hurt me!”

“I am whole, healed and free in Jesus!”

“I have laid aside every weight and I now carry unspeakable joy in my heart which is indeed my strength according to Nehemiah 8:10!”

“I am the righteousness of God and I am a true warrior but every now and then warriors have to take time to cater to their own wounds so they can go back out and fight the good fight of faith!”

“I no longer try to fight a spiritual battle in my flesh for the real war goes on in the spirit!”

My friend I am so proud of you and I want you to know that old things have passed away and behold all things have become new. Take time for you on today. It’s okay to take a break from social media, so shut down your emails, text messages and phone calls because the pressures of life can really drain us if we allow it. Go on a mini vacation even if you have to get a hotel for a night just to have a change of scenery. Take your bible and your Ipad with your favorite worship music and just steal away with Jesus. I promise you will leave His presence completely restored, healed and full of His love. Go in peace & know that I am always here to pray you through!

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If this blog touched your heart and was truly for you please email me directly at Carla@WomenofStandard.org. Know that you are not alone. I too have been a wounded warrior. I was giving all I had to others so to the point I was left with nothing. No one could pick me up in the spirit and tell I was broken in the midst of my smiles, Facebook posts and while encouraging others. But guess what? God didn’t allow me to. He instructs us to work out our own soul salvation with fear and trembling and so what no one called or no one could tell I was hurting, God was there all along and He didn’t allow them to come to my rescue because guess what? Then I would develop an unconscious habit of depending on them instead of Him.  Be blessed and know that you are not alone and where you are you do not have to remain. The choice is yours!