Roadblock or Opportunity? Writing Takes Us Where We Need to Go


Written by: Amy Collette

Amy loves to work with people who make a positive impact. Amy is a Book Coach, Founder of Unleash Your Inner Author, and the Author of The Gratitude Connection. Amy helps changemakers on their journey to become published authors.

Transformation Can Be a Catalyst for Healing

Crista started out excited about her book idea. She was finally going to share publicly the story that she had struggled with so privately. After dealing with disaster, disease, divorce, and the sudden death of her husband, Crista knew that the lessons she had learned could help other families. Her story of grief, growth, and transformation could be a catalyst for healing.

Crista reached out to me for coaching along her author journey. Together we recorded her stories from the past. Then she crafted her story of emerging, growing, and becoming the woman she is today. When the work was almost ready for the publishing phase, her progress ground to a halt.

 Roadblock Ahead!

What happened? It seemed like the hard part of reliving the painful past would have been the biggest challenge. But a bigger, even scarier roadblock confronted her now: making it real, making it public.

Can you relate to that feeling? I know I confronted it when I wrote The Gratitude Connection. All the chatter in my head said, “Why do you think this story is so important? People will figure out how to be happy on their own. People might judge me…” 

What I didn’t see then was my inner story of not-enoughness. We all have one. After coaching so many people through this process, I can spot it a mile away.

If what we want is to help people grow and transform and expand into who they really are, then we must make that same commitment to ourselves. Every roadblock is an opportunity for expansion.

For Crista, and for me, knowing that our stories had already helped other people pushed us to keep going to overcome our roadblocks of feeling like imposters, of being experts only in our own experience. For others, confronting a roadblock means resolving a limiting belief or a fear that someone else planted in their heads. For some, the roadblock points to healing a past trauma or current relationship or having some difficult (but necessary) conversations.

What’s keeping you from realizing your big dream of writing a book? Is it worth it to face the roadblock in your way to get to that dream?


Look for Crista Polich’s book, Turning Pain Into Power: Preparation for the Unthinkable, coming soon.

And my book, Unleash Your Impact, is due out later this year.
If now is the time to craft your book ( and if not now, when?), come talk to me. Together we’ll figure out a roadmap for your author journey.

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