274: From Imposter to Author | Azul Terronez

Navigating the Vulnerability of Writing and Feeling Naked

“But I wanted to help you understand that naked feeling is part of the vulnerability that needs to happen if you’re going to write a book that matters.” — Azul Terronez

So how do you get rid of that feeling that you feel like you’re naked in public? You know the one you get because you’re writing a book and you dare to start telling someone that you’re writing a book. And then you start wondering, what was I thinking?

On this week’s episode of “Authors Who Lead,” I talk about imposter syndrome, writer’s block, and owning the authorship journey and all the fears and feelings that come with it.

Own Your Authorship

Declare yourself an author from the very beginning. Write the simple affirmation, “I am an author,” on a sticky note and place it somewhere you’ll see every day. By owning your authorship, you develop the confidence and courage needed to share your work with the world. Don’t wait until your book is published to claim this title – start now!

Share Your Journey

Don’t hesitate to tell people you’re writing a book. Share your progress, your fears, your excitement – let others be a part of your authorship journey. By sharing your story and building up accountability, you strengthen your commitment to your book and increase your chances of being discovered by potential readers. Remember, nobody will find your book magically unless you talk about it!

Feeling naked and exposed when writing a book is completely normal. It’s a sign that you’re being authentic and true to your unique perspective and voice. Remember, even the most famous authors have experienced the same fears and feelings.

In this podcast, I also share:

  • That even traditionally published authors need to market their books
  • Taking action and help you get past your excuses
  • Reviews are the best focus for helping your book get into the hands of readers
  • A writing community can help keep you accountable and moving forward
  • Having a good editing team can help an author feel better about releasing the book to the world

I’m so grateful that you listened to this podcast. I appreciate anybody who leaves a review, it really helps inspire us to keep contributing and giving content here.

What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? What is your biggest fear or obstacle to writing your book? In the comments, share your biggest obstacles.

That’s all for this week. If you have a message inside you that needs to be written, know that you can write and publish the book that’s been on your heart.

Don’t delay – get out of your head, put words on the page today, and make a movement with your message!

Episode Resource: 

Authors Who Lead
AWL Membership Community
Fiction with Purpose Group
Mandala Tree Press Publishing
AWL Coaching Programs

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274: From Imposter to Author | Azul Terronez