For the last two years I have been trying to finish a book that has a peculiar premise with an equally unusual name – Hangi Pants. If you are Maori, you will know what this is slang for, if you don’t know, visit my blogsite to learn more and read the first three chapters.

I decided to write this book, because I was personally going through a period of my life where I realised as a woman and a Maori, I had some things I hadn’t felt I had the freedom to say. Hangi Pants was my ‘no boundaries’ place where I could express myself.

Initial feedback from one person (it only takes one person to undermine you) was I was going to come under fire for the topic and the title, so in a brave step I posted my URL on my Facebook page as a testing ground. It was hugely scary and I nearly didn’t do it, but I am so glad I did. My feed went crazy with nothing but praise for the writing, voice and topic. A kuia (older respected Maori woman), absolutely loved it and wrote me personal messages of praise.

So, I’m nearly a third of the way through the book and my goal is to finish it in 90 days, then find a publisher.

What would you create today if you had no fear of judgement? Maybe you just need to find one person who believes in your vision.