Writing A Book Makes Me Dog Tired....especially as I've only given myself 2 months!!
As you can tell by the date, I'm writing this post during lockdown in the UK. I should infact be writing my book as I've put myself under a bit of pressure. I have been wanting to write a book for ages and thought I may have time to finally get one under my belt whilst the world stood still. With this is mind, when I was interviewed by Woman and Home magazine a couple of weeks ago, they were asking me about my business journey. They were doing an article about how women of my age have launched successful pet businesses in the last five years. My story was about how I launched my dog walking business with very little investment and what it has now become within three years. During the interview they said my story was inspirational (which was lovely to hear) and when asked what my next steps were, I proclaimed that I was writing a book. As I say, the idea had been in my head a while and I thought this was the ideal time to put it in motion, after all the magazine was coming out in July 2020.....I had plenty of time right and anyone reading the interview would perhaps go on to buy the book if they too were inspired?!
As I hung up from the interview, I felt excited that I had given myself some accountability at last, to get my ass into gear and start churning out the chapters. I'd also put myself under immense pressure to get it done in 60 days. When I say done, I mean drafted, re-drafted, proof read, edited, formatted, cover designed, printed! Not only did I now need to write the bloody thing, but I had to learn all that stuff too.
It was a bit of a reckless decision considering that in lockdown I am still running my business (even though we are not actually walking), I have other projects that need my attention, and more importantly I am home schooling my two primary school aged children (aged 6 and 7).
So I'm posting this blog as a bit of a marker of an experiment: Will the accountability make me get to this goal in record time (in time for the magazine feature), or will the pressure get me down, add to the gloom and stress of the situation and cause me to fail (with me finishing after the magazine deadline).
Time will tell, but time is the enemy and yet time is what I've been given as lockdown continues.
I'm excited to see if I reach the goal post and anxious to see myself fail. Let's see how this strange time pans out. I'll be back to update myself (and therefore you) through regular posts but in the meantime rejoice in the fact that at least I have a working title: From Poor To Paw ( and then a bit more ......that I've not decided on yet)!!
Ps. Additional pressure loaded on by offering you a chance to win a copy in the ......no pressure! ( and GOOD LUCK) xx