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Have you ever had the feeling that you HAD to do something and that it had to be done right now? Right now! In fact, the feeling of NOT taking action made you feel uncomfortable, antsy, and emotional?

A mentor of mine calls these moments “taps from the Universe” and it’s where God is tapping you on the shoulder and saying, “Do this!”

Last week, I had no fewer than FOUR conversations with different entrepreneurs who were getting the taps about their book but they each had the same concern:

Each wanted to write a book BUT it didn’t tie directly into their business. Each author expressed feeling like the book was calling to her and that SHE had been chosen to be its author. But, was the book still worth the time and effort to write since it didn’t fit neatly into the business box? And once it was written, what should be done with it?

I’ll be the first to admit, I hate wasted effort. I hate wasted time and it drives me crazy when I can’t do one move and get multiple results. It drives me crazy! (And I think that’s why I dislike doing laundry or the dishes so much; no matter how well I do it, there’s always more to do!)

I want you to notice the language that was used:

“The book is calling to me and I have been chosen to be its author.”

That’s pretty powerful, isn’t it? Being chosen to write a book is a lot like being chosen to be a parent; it’s a huge gift and responsibility and joy, all at once.

For these four women I spoke to, two are writing memoirs of very painful subjects, one is working on an inspirational book, and the fourth has been called to write a novel. None of these books directly tie into their businesses, but all four have decided to step up and take action.

Not everyone is lucky enough to be asked to write a Book of the Universe. So far, my phone hasn’t been rung with the “Write THIS book NOW, Kim” message from God. Maybe it will happen for me, maybe it won’t. Regardless, I’m here to help them write the book they’re meant to AND see it published.

Because for me, that’s the other side of the Book of the Universe. No, it may not have wide commercial appeal. But when God has asked you to write such a book it means that not only will you the author have something huge to gain from the writing process, but it also means that there is someone who needs to receive your words.

And here’s the thing about when a book is calling out to be written:

It’s a gift from the Universe, from God, from our Creator. And writing these books needs to be done, no matter if it fits neatly into the box of our business or not.

When you have been called to write your Book of the Universe, it doesn’t matter if you don’t know how or if it will fit into your business. What matters is the call and willing having the faith to begin the writing process. Being guided by Source to create such a manuscript means that there’s no way the book can fail; unless you fail to take action.

My mentor also says that if you ignore the gentle taps, sometimes you get the 2×4 whacking you alongside the head! So if you’ve been getting that feeling that you really need to write THIS book and write it NOW, please do it!  I can help you.

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Kimberly is an author, illustrator, and entrepreneur. She helps coaches, speakers, and authors take the content they already have and FINALLY get their book written and published.
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10 Responses to Writing the Book of the Universe

  • Love the idea of writing the “Book of the Universe”. I’ve never felt the call to write a specific book. But do believe I have at least one book inside me. Perhaps I’ll get the call soon and actually start to write. If only I could find time away from being a Mom and running 2 businesses!
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  • I say write the book even if it doesn’t tie in with your business. Use a pen name if you must — Stephen King does it all the time — why not you?

    Besides, nothing gets you in the mood MORE to write than the act of writing.

    Additionally, there’s no reason why you cannot make money from a book that has nothing to do with your business niche while you’re waiting for a bigger light bulb moment to come along. :)
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    • Bonnie that is a GREAT point! I’m working on a project right now that is completely outside of my niche and a ton of fun! Haven’t decided if I’ll go the pen name route yet or not.

  • Kimberly, I’m hearing the call and writing almost every day. Taken the step in writing fiction this month!
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    • Lily that is AWESOME! Good on you. And yes, the call doesn’t know the difference between fiction and non-fiction. It ONLY knows the book that needs to be written. Let me know if I can assist you in any way on your journey!

  • “Being chosen to write a book is a lot like being chosen to be a parent; it’s a huge gift and responsibility and joy, all at once” Powerful sentence; wise words. Thanks!

  • Ah yes, the call of The Book. When that story calls, there’s no denying it. Wendi and I wrote four novels that, on the surface had nothing to do with our business. The story was one we HAD to write and it wouldn’t let us go until we did.

    Below the surface? These books were a testament to everything we do with our main design/coaching business. We designed the books cover to cover in house, we wrote and coached ourselves through the process. We experienced it all first before we put our services out there to help others go through it themselves.

    These books aren’t our main livelihood by any means (no one gets rich being an author alone, contrary to what it may look like to the public), but they offer another side of us, that once you build a following, your clients/fans want more of. If the public likes what you do, they will be hungry for more and seek out everything you do just to get more. The ripples spread far and wide.

    So yeah, go ahead and write that Book of the Universe. It’s a gift to everyone.
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  • Great post Kimberly! I went through that exact experience in 2008 after a Divine moment on my treadmill. There was the title, the topics and more importantly, the why. It did relate significantly to my new line of business in relationship coaching so that was plus! Unfortunately, we sat with the idea for a while before getting the writing, and were on a time limit of having the book released for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The book was written and despite being covered in every major media outlet in Canada, it didn’t sell.
    We chalk it up to experience, and have moved on. Still not sure why the urgency or why we were supposed to write it given the outcome, but we did. We are more equipped for the next time!

  • Thanks for this nudge, Kim. I’ve had a few book ideas and one in particular keeps calling my name. I hate the darn 2×4’s. I think I need to integrate writing into my days on a more regular basis:)
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