Ladies, we need to talk about these things that many of us are talking about en masse – pay equality, the presence of women in male dominated fields, #MeToo, and other issues related to making our voices heard and moving the world needle. (Please take a moment to write down other issues that personally come to mind for you.)
We’re talking about these things among ourselves in small groups, to others in large groups as speakers, and to the world in marches, rallies, and on the internet every day. Clearly, as a group and even more importantly, as individuals – we have some stuff to say about who we are, what we stand for, and what we are each capable of.
But what’s the next step? What can we do to turn these short-term passionate points of view, into words that create long-term, lasting change?
Here’s a hint…
Typically when men come to me about writing a book, the language they use is akin to: “I have to write this book. People must hear what I have to say.” Not in every case and not these exact words, but you get my point.
What I’m more likely to hear from women is, “Are you sure I should write a book? Are you sure there’s someone out there who needs to hear what I have to say?”
Now go back to the national conversation topics listed above. The fact that they exist shows me that clearly more of us should write books and yes, there are people out there who need to hear what we have to say. We have these stories and messages exploding from us in every possible way, shape and form. We are screaming to have our voices heard! There’s only one thing left to do…
Write it down.
All of it.
Write it down so there is a written, preservable, shareable legacy of who you were, what you stood for, what you accomplished, and why it mattered!
Write it down for the people around you today, and so that the people of tomorrow, your ancestors, can follow in your footsteps. We must ALL write down our stories, so the record is permanent.
And with independent (“self”) publishing, there is no permission needed to produce that written record. This act of defiance, of sharing our stories and messages, is entirely in our hands and under our control ladies.
If we do not write it down, if we choose not to tell the story of who we were and what we brought to this world, the only people to be blamed will be ourselves.
Write it down. And then produce it for the world to see.