I’ll be publishing my first book soon.
That’s a big deal for me as I’m going from being an ‘aspiring writer’ and a ‘blogger’ to an author and publisher.
I’ve published 3 freebies before but they can’t be compared to that in any way. The book I’m putting for sale has around 25,000 words – 70 pages of useful information that I think will be helpful to anyone looking for happiness.
I’ve had many ideas for a book (non-fiction and on self-improvement) and started making an outline and even writing a couple of times. But every time I realized I just don’t have enough to say on that subject. And that’s the first lesson I learnt from experience – if you want to write a whole book on something, you need to know a lot about it.
I started writing about habits – I had an original idea I hadn’t seen anywhere else before, it included a few other things too but was mainly on unlearning what we know and then developing new healthy habits using the principles of simplicity.
But even though I love writing about that, I haven’t quite succeeded in it. And that would mean to lie to my readers.
So I may come up with a post about habits every now and then but it will take much more personal development and efforts in my life before I can write a book about it.
Then I thought of writing about success. I have a lot to say about it and have figured out, more or less, what it takes to succeed by reading about it, seeing what doesn’t work and following successful people.
That’s fine but it just isn’t enough. Because people want to read a book about success that is written by someone who has already achieved a lot.
And I haven’t got in the best shape of my life, haven’t had professional successes and am not on a top of a career, haven’t quite worked out how to make a relationship last forever and haven’t made a fortune.
When I do, I will write about it. And then it would be something worth reading.
Then I asked myself what is it that I have understood about life and achieved to some extent? What is something everyone wants to have/be some day but hasn’t figured out how?
And the answer to both questions is happiness.
I realized I was happy, knew how to enjoy the moment, to be grateful for what I have and accept things as they are. And while others are rushing through life, I knew how to stop every now and then, to breathe deeply, slow down and experience the present.
And that’s what I wrote a book about.
Every part of it just falls into place and I think that in it you can find all you need to know about how to become a happy person.
The main thing I write about is that happiness is right here, right now. That we can all have it and unlike success, you don’t need to take any steps, follow rules, have a purpose, goals and plans.
No! All it takes for you is to go with the flow – to stop trying to interfere and change things and instead, be like water and make the best of whatever happens.
The root of happiness is letting go – a significant part of the book focuses on that. I discuss what letting go is and how to let go of things like attachment and desire, comparing and judging, fear, control, plans and so on.
I believe that the moment we let go, we let in happiness, freedom and peace.
The book is called “The Tao of Happiness” – Unleash the happiness within.
I knew the title long before I wrote it and think it fits perfectly.
The whole process of writing it was a proof that everything in it is worth practicing. Because throughout it I was contented, I enjoyed every moment of it and even when I had to edit and do other stuff that is considered boring, I knew that this was exactly what I was supposed to do. I was grateful I had the chance to follow my passion – writing, to reach another level and actually write a book. I appreciated that we live in the time of indie authors and self-publishing and it is easy to spread your message with people who want to hear it. And even inspire them.
That’s the main purpose of the book. To inspire. To show you that happiness is the easiest thing to have and everyone deserves it.
I decided to put a price on it because I think the information in it is useful, and I’ve put in a lot of work.
Also, to start making an income from books means making another dream of mine come true. And having the chance to write even more and the motivation to publish more books.
Anyways, that’s never been my goal number one. Instead, I want to share my happiness with others and help people.
That’s how I came up with the idea of The Tao of Happiness and wrote it. I’ll post more about that soon.
Let me know what you think about that in the comments below and share any writing projects you’re working on.
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