Angela is joined in this episode of Book Journeys Radio by Pam Grout, the author of E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove your Thoughts Create Your Reality. Aside from authoring personal development books like E-Squared, Grout is a travel writer, having written three travelogues for National Geographic, as well as a variety of books on other subjects.
Grout explains the title of E-Squared as a play on Albert Einstein’s famous equation of E=MC2. This is because the book deals with how our thoughts have an effect on our lives because they affect the energy all around us. The book attempts to use a more scientific approach to the familiar concepts of positive thinking as a way to improve the way one looks at the world. By structuring the lessons and concepts as a laboratory exercise instead of the usual straightforward delivery usually employed by other self-help authors, E-Squared encourages readers to experiment on and put into practice what they have learned.
The main concept of E-Squared, according to Grout, hinges on the thought that although we have a lot of thoughts on our mind, most of it are carried over from the previous day. As such, a lot of our thoughts end up just dwelling in the past, forcing us to repeat the past over and over again with every new day. Instead, Grout tells us that we have the power to create a new world every day. She likens it to an Etch-A-Sketch, where we are free to clear the slate as we see fit.
Grout gave a little background on the writing of E-Squared, noting that she drew on a higher power in order to make the book a reality. She said that while writers can produce work based on what they know, it helps to hook onto a bigger thing to get something better. Discipline is still a key factor however, according to Grout, and one has to be willing to simply write even if you hate what you write. She goes on to stress that the more you write, the more ideas you will have. She also went on to discuss how a few other inspirational authors found her work to be exceptional, and left glowing reviews for her.
On the other hand, Grout noted that she wished she knew more about the marketing potential offered by social media, and had learned to harness it earlier than she did. However, a book sent to her by her publisher helped her realize this, and she started blogging and reaching out more to her audience as a result, referring to it as her platform. She advises potential authors who are looking to get signed up with an agent to build their platform by getting started through blogging and social media, so that it would be easy for agents to find them and market them to publishers.
In closing, Grout tells writers struggling to finish what they are writing through to never say that they can’t find the time to write, and to grab the opportunity whenever they can take it. “Our thoughts really do create our world,” she says, “don’t say it’s hard. Say it’s easy.”