Most people don’t write a book, because they assume it is super challenging and time-consuming.
It happened to me. I felt overwhelmed, when in fact I had already written most of the content. I just did not realize it.
I found out while I was writing ‘Have you found your Mr. Wrong yet?’, to this day it is still one of the most personal books I have ever written – it’s about my relationship with a playboy in the Caribbean. Do you know what helped me most while writing it?
My personal diaries from those years! They contained all the emotions around the events, my thought processes at the time, and all the details that I would not have remembered otherwise: exact dates and events, quotes from conversations, and a clear timeline. I could literally copy pages into my book.
Another example of being able to re-use existing materials was my book ‘Je bent een topvrouw!’ (‘You are a superwoman!’), which is a collection of blogs.
When the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf asked me to write a weekly blog for their Women’s weekly glossy ‘Vrouw.nl’ I didn’t realize that those blogs could easily be turned into a book. Yet I only needed to structure the blogs into themes, write an introduction, get a testimonial from the newspaper, and voila – a new book was added to my collection.