Do You Want To Write A Book? If so. What’s stopping you? As a breast cancer survivor I have a “no time like the present” mentality with almost all that I do in my life. This is especially true when it comes to completing items I have long yearned to do.
Walking the Appalachian Trail is on my list of Things-I-Need-To-Do and I am planning that trip for 2018. I don’t like to think of items being on a bucket list because to me that has a negative connotation. So, whatever you call it, and if becoming an author is on your list. What’s stopping you from writing it?
I’ve spoken with many entrepreneurs and aspiring authors and there are three items that they all seem to have in common when they haven’t move forward with authoring their book:
- They don’t know how to start
- They don’t know what to write about
- They have an unrealistic idea of how much it costs to become an author
There are entrepreneurs who are brimming over wtih creativity and their ideas just flow through them and onto their page. Here is what happens to many of these aspiring authors when they start to write their book:
- They lose focus
- They confuse themselves on what topic to write about
- They suffer writer’s block (I personally don’t think there is such a thing — ask me why that is)
How can you overcome the fear of starting, or finishing your book? If you’re dreaming of having a book as a business card, here are strategies to help you push forward and realize your dream.
- Do you have a blog or other written material that you can use as fodder for your book?
- Create a solid outline for the book. The more fleshed out the outline, the easier the writing will be. List the chapter titles and a sentence or two about what will go into those chapters and the writing will move along more quickly.
- Carve out time every day to write on your book. You need to schedule time and guard it from distractions. Commit to the time. Commit to your book.
The biggest and most important tip: Just write. As Anne Lamott wrote, write your “shitty first draft.” You can go back and rework and edit it later.
What’s stopping you from writing your book (or starting your book)? Let me know in the comments below!