Today I have the honor of introducing to you an author and friend, Bryan Hutchinson. He is a renowned author and online blogger who writes about his life experiences and life-lessons. He’s sometimes humorous and sometimes serious, but he’s always insightful, positive and enthusiastic. Bryan believes everyone is special and unique, and with a little help and support, are well able to overcome their struggles and live out their dreams and passions.
Bryan’s blog for writers and creatives is: www.positivewriter.com
Bryan, I am so excited to have this opportunity to interview you on my website today! Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of helping others become acquainted with you and know you better. I would like to ask you a few questions and learn from you more about how you started your career as an author and writer. So here goes:
1. When did you first discover that you were being called to write and how did you actually take it from just a thought and desire in your mind to creating your first book?
It may sound a little cliché but I’ve always loved writing. I started writing way back when I was a young boy in second grade. What most people don’t know, who have not read my memoir, is that I had to take a remedial reading and writing class because I suffered from mild dyslexia and severe inattentive type ADHD (better known as ADD).
Unfortunately, due to undiagnosed (hence untreated) ADD, I was unable to complete any writing projects I started and it wasn’t until I was 37 years old that I completed my first book, my memoir “One Boy’s Struggle.” Writing my memoir was actually an assignment from my therapist and I had no intentions of publishing it when I started writing it.
Writing “One Boy’s Struggle” reignited my passion for writing which I had put to the side for too many years. I mean, I struggled with doubt for too long and it ate me up inside so it was better not to write in order to not continue to disappoint myself. Starting and finishing my memoir showed me I could do it! Also, by then I understood I had ADD and was coping with it in a more beneficial manner.
Over the years I had been overwhelmed with doubt and learning successful ways to deal with my doubt has led to a prolific career in writing books. Although I clearly had learning difficulties, ultimately it was crushing doubt that was holding me back for so long.
2. What is your purpose and desire in writing for others? How do you hope what you write will help others with their own daily struggles and life?
Through my own struggles I have learned that people in general are much more capable than they tend to think they are. There are many reasons for that, but ultimately once seeds of doubt sets in and begin to grow unabated most of us lose not only our motivation and enthusiasm, but also our willpower to continue striving for our dreams and living our passion.
I’ve found that when doubts begins to grow we end up in jobs we don’t enjoy, doing things we don’t enjoy and living where we don’t want to live and in general losing our path and becoming disillusioned that we can achieve what we truly want.
I know that sounds a bit extreme and for some doubt simply holds them back from living their passion to the level that they know in their heart of hearts that they can – if they would just try harder, work more hours and become more dedicated. But that’s not true. Working harder and trying harder doesn’t work and is not sustainable, it just feeds the beast we call self-doubt.
That’s why I write what I write to help people discover that they can overcome doubt. And I don’t simply write I did it so you can too. I share my story, my struggles and what I had to do in order to regain control of my own self-confidence and create work that matters. I’ve discovered most people don’t even realize how much doubt holds them back in just about every area of their life, but it is most obvious in the area of their dream, especially when they are following the wrong dream. We all have dreams, but when we are confident we know the one that is meant for us to strive to achieve.
3. How many books have you authored? What is your favorite book that you wrote and why?
I’ve written and published 5 books and several more eBooks I give away for free. Your readers can download a free copy of “Good Enough” if they would like to.
I’m most proud of “One Boy’s Struggle,” because it got me started again and has helped so many people over the years. It’s a raw journal with very little editing. I’ve never gone back to improve it or have it professionally edited because I think the pure rawness of it is the reason it has become considered one of the most important memoirs in its field.
However, with that said I am very happy with my new book that I am currently working on and will be published this year titled “Writer’s Doubt: How You Can Overcome Doubt and Create Work that Matters” I sincerely believe this book will help a lot of writers begin to break the chains of doubt. I think it’s my best yet.
4. Bryan, you have a website to help writers, called “Positive Writer.” What would you recommend to someone who wants to write a book, but doesn’t know where to start?
The obvious answer is to just start writing, but that’s not enough. Figure out what you want to write about. What subjects compel you to write? When in doubt, write about what you know. It doesn’t help to start writing about something that you have no interest in and doesn’t compel you to get up each morning to write.
Find something you absolutely love writing about, regardless if it’s a well written about subject already. The great thing about writing is that everyone has their own take and that’s what makes stories interesting, even if there are hundreds of stories about it already. Make it your own. Only you can do that, so get to writing it.
5. I hear from people who want to write, but fear grips them because they are afraid of what others will think. What is your best advice for someone who is afraid to hit the submit or publish button when first getting into the writing world?
My best advice, stay tuned to my blog and get yourself a copy of “Writer’s Doubt” when it is published later this year! That’s not just a plug, because the reality is two or three sentences won’t do the trick for anyone. We need more than that and “Writer’s Doubt” is my attempt to give fellow writer’s advice and encouragement to overcome the fears that may be holding them back. That’s why I wrote it.
6. Can you tell us a little about your family and what you like to do for pleasure?
I live with my wonderful wife, Joan. We love to take trips visiting historical locations, museums and cities full of history and culture. Our favorite country to visit is France and our favorite city is Strasbourg in France, our next favorite is Paris. We only live a few hours from there so we are spoiled.
7. Bryan, what do you foresee in your near future? Are you currently working on another book? If so, when can audiences know when to expect it to be available? Also, do you do any speaking for audiences? How can people find you and connect with you?
I’m currently working on “Writer’s Doubt” and it should be available in late spring, or early summer 2014. I’m from Sacramento California, but since we are currently living overseas it is not possible to do any speaking engagements, although I’d love to do so in the future and if inquiries are any indication I’ll probably do a lot of them.
Your readers can find me at www.positivewriter.com
Thank you so much for sharing a piece of yourself with us today. I hope everyone has gotten to know you a little better and will check out the books that you have available on Amazon and look forward to hearing more from you.
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