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Judy Helm Wright, of Missoula, Montana is a wise woman with a global message. As an author of over 20 books on Amazon, she writes about Responsibility, Respect & Resiliency.

Judy is a popular motivational speaker and has worked all over the world with families and groups just like yours.

You will find her warm, witty and wise as she guides and mentors others to be their best self.
Judy Helm Wright | judyhwright

Is There A Book In You - Write It Today

Sep 24th 2010 at 6:08 PM


Have you always wanted to write?

Are there ideas churning in your mind waiting for just the right time to get them down on paper? Do you have a unique perspective on a subject or problem facing many people? Do you read a book or article and think, "I could write better than that?" Have you ever said "someday, when I have time, I am going to write a book?"

Perhaps now is the moment for you to put your excuses in the garbage and your fingers on the keys. You will never 'find' time; you simply have to 'make' time to write. It is important to carve out little bits and pieces of your day to organize the information churning in your head to an outline on paper.

Where to begin?

Although I have started thousands of books in the shower or in my dreams, the first book I ever completed was done in half hour segments over a nine-month period. By getting up at six am every morning and writing on my old typewriter in a corner of the bedroom before the children woke up, I was able to finally pull what was hiding in my brain and put it into book form.

We were living in frigid Glasgow, Montana and you can't even imagine how tempting those flannel sheets were every morning. But I knew that my soul was hungry to get the information that I had to share in a format that would reach thousands of people and change lives. The thousands of people, mostly relatives, who bought that book turned out to be numbered in the hundreds or less , but I was now an author and determined to write about what I knew best, parenting.

Fiction or non-fiction?

Since 90% of the books sold are non-fiction and most of those are not sold in bookstores, I knew that if I wanted to reach my particular audience, parents and child care providers, I had to come up with an angle. My goal was to teach, not to entertain but I wanted to write what people would buy. Focus groups told me that young parents want small booklets with narrow subjects, lots of bullet points and stories of other families they could relate to.

They did not want psychobabble from so-called experts, statistics or be laden with guilt. They wanted and needed real life experiences from people they could trust. The main information that came out of the focus groups was that the books had to be "hand-around" size and under $10.00. I knew I could sell my product at my parenting workshops and also through local bookstores.

Long or short?

You don't have to write a 200 hundred page book to be considered an author. How about starting out with an article of 300-750 words on a subject you know about for this magazine? You may want to consider a booklet (6 -50 pages), a special report (3-25 pages) a workbook (7-30 pages), or a book ( 32, 64, 96 or 128 pages). If you want to begin with a personal essay, see my website for a free article on how to write an effective "Slice of Your Life."

Another viable option is the e-book, which is rapidly becoming the way information is sold and delivered. When I attended a seminar put on by Mark Victor Hansen of Chicken Soup for the Soul
fame, one of the speakers said that e-books typically sell for 4 times what anybody in the right mind would pay for them! The information buyer is impulse driven and ready to pay for a solution to an immediate problem.

What will you write about?

What do you know that I don't? Pretend I am having tea with you and asking you all about raising Icelandic Sheep dogs or whatever your area of expertise is. Write down every question I ask and leave a large space. Go back later and answer the questions and you have your book outline or chapter thesis. When I learned this formula from Judy Cullins at I was amazed how easy it was to write a short book fast.

Is it worth the effort?

Yes. You have information that people want and need. You know something about a certain niche that only you can teach. This information has been churning in your head and heart long enough. It is time to squeeze out half an hour each morning or evening to put your thoughts on paper. It has never been easier to get your book in print since the advent of self publishing. Wouldn't you just love to be able to say at your twentieth high school reunion, "I live in beautiful Montana and write books that change people's lives?"

Trust me; it doesn't get much better than that.

© Judy H. Wright,

_________________________________________________________________________ Judy H. Wright is an author of over 20 books and numerous articles. She works as a parent educator and personal historian. She has just been selected as a regional representative for National Association of Women Writers and would like to establish women writing groups in various areas, either in person or tele-groups. If you are interested, please contact her at or by calling 406-549-9813. The website has many free articles and reports on parenting, wellness, self-publishing and care-giving at end of life. Check it out today.

Please to comment
Dec 9th 2010 at 7:08 AM by jjbreunig3
Soooo true! Since publishing my first book, part of my marketing campaign is encouraging others to 'find their book(s)' as well. A significant key to the success of writing one's own book is to identify what one is PASSIONATE about - for without it, others will see you as a fraud.

--Joe Breunig
Author/poet, Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory
Dec 5th 2010 at 2:54 PM by judyhwright
Hello friends, thanks so much for commenting on articles and connecting. It is great to make friends all over the world. Judy Helm Wright
Dec 5th 2010 at 2:49 PM by RobertBland
Thanks for sharing that Judy!
Nov 27th 2010 at 5:03 PM by judyhwright
Thank you for all who took the time and energy to write a comment on my articles. It means the world to a writer to know there are readers out there who are touched by the written word. jhw
Nov 15th 2010 at 2:50 AM by iahulbak
Very inspiring article!
Nov 9th 2010 at 7:01 AM by stephaniebeth
Its like your wrote this article with me in mind! I've had a book in my head for about two years but have been too cowardly to put it down on paper.
Oct 29th 2010 at 1:03 AM by dean
Hi Judy! I've been wanting to write for a very long time. I had even write a few chapters once, but I stopped. I do not know if the file is still in my had disk...(of my old PC) I am going to look for it when I get home!
Oct 23rd 2010 at 12:47 AM by jacksword
You're so right. If you know your subject all you need to do is to take up a pen and your hand will move all over those computer keys.
Oct 16th 2010 at 8:56 PM by drkelp
Informative article with an appropriate call to action. I am honing my writing skill here on IMFaceplate :)
Oct 13th 2010 at 6:54 PM by igytomas
The great title, I like it :) as well as is your article. I didn't consider writing a book even if written numerous articles for different papers and now very few for on-line services. But I guess, you are right, that "There is a Book in ..."
Oct 6th 2010 at 4:12 AM by kemengr
Yes, books should change people's lives. While I write, I want to be prolific at that. Any advice? Thanks.
Oct 4th 2010 at 7:35 AM by elissa64
Amazing article, thanks for posting this!
Sep 26th 2010 at 9:42 AM by bushie199
Hi Judy, I love this article. When you talk about people writing in their dreams. I had to laugh. This has been my writing for years. I will get out of my procrastination one day. All the best to you.

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