Book Review: “The Free Spirit of Your Life Purpose” by Jacqueline Hofste

Unlock the genius plan of your life purpose with the creative power of your archetypes

Q&A with Jacqueline Hofste

1. What was the deciding moment to write this book?

Contrary to many other authors I never felt inclined to write a book. It was only recently when I started my coaching business that I realised I have something to write about that can make a difference in people’s life, that I became inspired about writing. This triggered a little voice in my head, nagging me until I started to write. It turned out that I really enjoyed the writing process after all.

2. How long did it take from concept to launch?

From the first sentence to my book launch was exactly one year. Once I started, I set myself a deadline and envisioned what it would be like to enjoy the accomplishment of a published book. Before I started to write a book, it wouldn’t have entered my mind to think of a book launch, but it was a good ‘carrot’ for me. To keep myself motivated during the writing phase I also started my own writers meetup group, which was intended to be nothing more than a small workgroup and now has over 500 members.

3. How did you perform the research to create the practical content?

Since I wrote about a topic that I am certified in and was already conducting workshops, I had material and research studies. But once I start writing I realised that I need to dig deeper to bring the content better across. It turned out that the written material for the book needed to be a lot more detailed than in my workshop manuals. Apart from my research I also added my own stories and those from some of my clients to make the content more relatable for the reader.

4. What was the biggest challenge along the process (and how did you overcome it)?

I don’t call myself a story-teller, but I had some background in writing from my university time when I had to write a thesis and also from some technical writing as part of my professional work. The biggest challenge for me was to avoid getting off track by adding more content and sticking to my overall concept, otherwise the book could have easily become a never-ending story and possibly overwhelm my audience. Discussing the writing process with other authors in my meetup group was critical for me to understand the importance of not going overboard.

5. What was your own reflection along the journey?

I am so grateful that I was able to dedicate myself to the writing and reflective process of this journey at that time in my life. Since I needed to express the thoughts on paper, I also needed to ensure that I understood the intention of each paragraph and chapter clearly. It allowed me to deepen my knowledge which was a valuable for me personally.

6. What is the outcome in having this book available?

I didn’t expect it, but it is a great boost in confidence, and it is helping me to build my coaching business. It is such a great feeling when marketing myself to other business owners or coaches to be able to say: “… and here is my book”. It creates instant rapport

7. What would you advise others about writing their book?

Write about something you are passionate about. You are going to be stuck with it for a while and if you only think of financial gains, you may not last the mile. Also, set yourself and end date. Most authors don’t finish, because they never commit to an end date to start with. It sounds so simple, but I notice this within my writers’ meetup group all the time. Once authors realise this, they have an ‘aha’ moment.

Social Selling advocate at Hootsuite, strategic networker, book reviewer and leadership mentor. Writing here, on LinkedIn and on www.gunnarhabitz.com.au.

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