291: How to Start Writing a Book | Maryam Munir

Navigating Perfectionism and Publishing


In this episode of Authors Who Lead, Maryam Munir engages in a heartfelt and inspiring discussion about the transformative power of writing and trauma-informed parenting. She shares personal experiences, challenges, and triumphs with us, offering a glimpse into the journey of writing and the profound impact of transparent and courageous parenting.

Embracing Imperfection: The Journey of Writing

Maryam speaks of the validation she received from positive feedback on her writing, a pivotal moment in her creative journey. We discuss the perils of perfectionism, encouraging writers to focus on producing their best work in the present moment.

It’s so important to trust the writing process and accept that sometimes “good enough is good enough.” The key is to take action over overthinking, embrace imperfection, and find support within a community of writers.

The Healing Power of Community Writing Experiences

Writing in a community and participating in group writing experiences can supply you with much-needed encouragement and accountability. We can’t overstate the value of heart-centered connections among writers and the transformative impact of in-person writing retreats. Maryam vividly describes the retreat as a space where profound friendships are forged, creating a real and unfiltered community.

The Courage of Transparency in Parenting

Maryam recounts the challenges she faced in candidly sharing her parenting journey, acknowledging the discomfort of stepping into her own story and exposing her vulnerabilities. Though she was initially resistant to being so transparent, she recognizes how important it is to be honest and vulnerable with your readers. You never know who might resonate with your experiences.

Cultural Healing and Empowerment through Writing

For Maryam, writing Cycle Breaker: From Trauma to Triumph transcends personal expression. Aiming to serve American, Pakistani, and Muslim communities, she hopes to facilitate healing from historical trauma and colonization, sparking change in the context of deep-rooted issues. The bold claims Maryam makes in her book highlight the importance of addressing systemic challenges in parenting literature.

The Writing Process: Navigating Challenges and Finding Inspiration

Maryam talks about how I helped her overcome daunting challenges in the book writing process, breaking it down into manageable parts and finding inspiration. I also share my own fears and challenges regarding the writing process, emphasizing the importance of vulnerability and engaging with the editing process.

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That’s all for this week. If you have a message inside of you that needs to be written, today is the day to start. Don’t delay—take action.

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Cycle Breaker: From Trauma to Triumph

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