Did you ever hear something that you already knew but didn’t really have the words to express, or just hadn’t thought about in a while? When you heard it, you may have responded, “Well, yeah, of course!” Donald Miller mentioned something in an interview with Michael Hyatt and it was one of those things for me. He said, “Your customer or client is the hero. You’re just the guide.” That is something I’ve long understood and is deep in my family business’ makeup and throughout our imagery: you are the Knight; We’re just the guides who help you tame your writing dragons. But it was good to hear a reminder of that fact. I’m not sure if I’ve made that clear enough.
You are the hero
You have a book or blog inside you (maybe more than one), a story to tell, a message to send the world. What you write has the power to change people, to transport them to another time or place, perhaps take away their concerns for a while, or give them new knowledge that will transform their lives. Writing it will transform your life, too.
You will have to wage a battle—with your schedule (all of the demands on your time and energy), with your Writing Dragon (that inner voice that tells you all the reasons you can’t do this), and, later, with the publishing world—in order to get your message to the people who need it. Being willing to do what it takes to get your message(s) out there… That is being a hero in my book.
Need a guide
Every hero needs a guide. The guide is not the hero in any story. This can’t be stressed enough. The guide is just someone who has knowledge/wisdom that the hero needs in order to make that heroic journey, wage that epic battle. The guide imparts it and then calls the hero to action. The guide may be “retired” or may be fighting his/her own battle. The hero may need just a nudge, may need a few things, or may need extensive training.
You may need nothing but encouragement, which you can get from this blog or a one-on-one chat with me, and then you go on to write great things. You may need help getting your completed manuscript ready for the market, or you may need help to start at the very beginning. You may need help getting a website or a blog set up. No matter what, you need a guide you can trust, someone who knows what you’re going through and will go through and the things you need to watch out for, someone who has your back, cares for, and encourages you to be the hero you are.
Am I the right guide for you? That’s a good question, and one that sure won’t hurt my feelings. Going through my writing coaching program can take you from “I want to write someday” to “I am a published author!”