As the new year approaches, I wonder about all the potential authors out there who want to write a book. As a ghostwriter, I see many people procrastinate about embarking on that journey. There are many excellent-sounding 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:
In a year you’ll still be thinking about writing a book.
- It’s true! Over the last years, I’ve had numerous prospective clients contact me for help with their book projects. These particular people all had very good ideas (I’m always honest if I feel someone’s book concept won’t work). I’ll try to stay in touch with them throughout the year, contacting them regularly. Their reply is usually the same. They want to write their book, but they are too busy to start. “Next year.”
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 and isn’t something to fear. 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. It’s a bit demoralizing when that happens.
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.
That nagging feeling won’t go away. You won’t be satisfied until you finish 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 becomes comfortable to you, something you learn to expect and accept. Am I right?
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.
Excuses will enter in
Oh, you’ll come up with all sorts of legitimate sounding reasons for why you can’t write one day or the next. “I’m tired.” “There’s a good show on TV.” They sound good and reasonable, but you can’t let that deter you.
The trick is to treat yourself as if you were your own client. Give yourself targets and deadlines; 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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