Write Your Book Now!
As a ghostwriter, I see many people procrastinate about writing their books. There are many “good” reasons why their book projects get shoved to the back of the closet.
What’s the result?
The books never get written.
If you have a strong idea for a book, it’s important to write your book NOW. Don’t wait. I can’t emphasize this enough.
If you don’t start now, several things will probably happen:
- Same time next year, you’ll still be thinking about writing a book. It’s true! Over the last ten years, I’ve had numerous prospective clients contact me for help with their book projects. These particular people all had very good ideas (I’ll always be honest if someone’s idea isn’t workable) and I like to keep in touch with them, so I contact them regularly. The reply is usually the same, “Things haven’t changed. I’m still too busy to write the book.” And when I call the following year, the answer is the same.
- Someone else will write a book very similar to yours. People sometimes are very afraid that someone will steal their book idea. That doesn’t happen often. However, other people can come up with a similar idea on their own. If your niche is highly specialized and requires a lot of research, you’re probably safe. However, if you’re writing about a general field or your life story isn’t unique, chances are someone else will write the book you wanted to write.
- You will continue to think about your unfulfilled goal. If you are anything like me, failure doesn’t sit well. You will continue to spend time thinking and considering your book project, wondering what your book would have looked like on the shelves of your local bookstore. You may even come up with brilliant marketing strategies to sell it. It’s all wasted time and energy if you don’t actually write your book!
- You will develop a very bad habit of not writing. Once you develop the habit of not writing, it can become increasingly difficult to start writing again. If you stop and start a lot, that pattern also becomes familiar. It’s almost comfortable, something you learn to expect and accept. So then, in order to actually complete your book, you must overcome the additional hurdle of the bad habit that you’ve formed. I’ll admit one needs a lot of discipline to write a full-length book. Honestly, some people hire me because I’m a relentless bulldog when it comes to completing projects! Just ask my clients.
You can avoid all of this by simply working steadily on your book. If you can’t afford a ghostwriter, you will need to set aside time each and every day to write. Don’t allow yourself the luxury of excuses as to why you don’t have time, energy, or enough pencils. The dog ate your manuscript shouldn’t fly either.
Oh, you’ll come up with all sorts of legitimate sounding reasons for why you can’t write one day or the next. They sound good and reasonable, but you can’t let that deter you. The trick is to treat yourself like you would a client. Give yourself targets and deadlines and then meet them!
And finally, writing should be a joy. If it isn’t, something is wrong. If it is a chore, then don’t continue, because the manuscript won’t come out well. Your readers will feel your resentment pouring from the pages. If you are bugged, contact me and I’ll try to help you get back on track. Most likely your concept just needs a little tweaking. Once that is fixed, you’ll be eager to write again.
So, if you have a good book concept, please don’t wait. Write your book. NOW!
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