So many people tell me they’re going to write a book one day. That it’s going to be their memoir, a business book, a dystopian novel, a poetry collection… you name it, they’re going to write it.
Sadly, most of these people never get round to it. They keep all those ideas trapped in their head and that is such a shame!
Keeping a book stuck in your head means no one is ever going to be able to read it!
Is there any point in keeping it all to yourself? I mean, really?
Before you fire up with the excuses, believe me, I’ve heard them all.
Any of these sound familiar?
“It’s too hard.”
“It’ll take wayyyy too long.”
“What could I possibly say that hasn’t been said before?”
“What can I write a book about?”
“It’s too big a job.”
“How will I get it published?”
“Who do I think I am, I can’t write a book!”
“I won’t have a clue where to start.”
“It’s too scary.”
“Everyone will judge me.”
“It will take me away from my money-making/client work and I don’t want to upscuttle that.”
“I’m not ready yet.”
“I haven’t got time.”
But do you know what I’d suggest… rather than using up your creative gifts to come up with excuses, you should think about the benefits of writing your book – whether it’s fiction/non-fiction.
- Think about how you’ll feel when you’re holding a copy of your book in your hand.
- Think about how you’ll feel when you add ‘Author’ to your bio or your CV or your social media profiles.
- Think about the new opportunities that could be waiting for you.
And then start to free your book from your head with these simple foolproof steps!
Download & Release the Awesome Sauce
Firstly, you need to download and release all that awesome book content from your head – and believe me, once you start you’ll be amazed at what’s tucked away in those dusty nooks and crannies of your brain. Grab your coloured pens and do a mindmap. Open a new word document and just write tons and tons of bullet points. Keep going until the awesome sauce is all poured out. (That way you’re making room for more good stuff to filter through.)
Make a Concrete Plan to Keep you Focussed
Then you’ll need to make a firm plan and think about things like structure, the type of book you’d like to write and what’s going to appeal to your perfect reader. If you have a firm plan in place, you’re less likely to lose your way as the content of your book grows.
Embrace that Fire in Your Belly
You need to embrace that fire in your belly and decide once and for all that you’re going to do this (instead of talking about writing your book for another few months/years). Once you commit to writing your book, the excitement becomes addictive and it’s this fire in your belly, the bubbly excitement, the butterflies, the ‘what-ifs’ and the solid foundation that will keep you going through the whole creative process.
Take baby steps each and every day towards your ultimate book-writing goal. Your future self will thank you for it! I promise.
Self-Publishing Services for UK Independent Authors
Resources to help you write your book
Finding Time to Write – check out my book on Amazon if you think you haven’t enough time to write. It’s about making time to write, not ‘finding’.
MotherBooker: The Writing & Self-Publishing Prep School for Biz Mums
30 Days to Write Your Biz Book