One of the biggest blocks I have noticed with the authors I have worked with is the need to get their writing right before they get it written.
I talked about this briefly in one of my recent writing tips and it is such a big block for many authors that I wanted to go deeper and explore it further.
The idea that we have to write perfectly is a massive block for many writers and it literally stops them from writing anything at all. They freeze. And of course, not only can you not edit what hasn’t been written, you can’t publish it either.
We have to find a way to work through this if we want to become published authors.
One of the most common doubts I hear from aspiring nonfiction authors is: Why would someone want to read what I have to say?
Even if they don’t start their writing journey with that thought in mind, it will come at some point. Because there is a very uncomfortable space between aspiring and published where an author feels completely exposed, and vulnerable, and self-conscious about how their book might be received by the world. It’s almost rite of passage.
I mean it really is putting yourself out there in a big way when you share your thoughts and your experiences – both personal and professional – in a way that leaves you open to scrutiny and to the opinions of virtually anyone and everyone.
OMG. It can be very scary.
Inevitably there is the realisation and an even bigger fear that, maybe, no one will actually read your book. What if that happens?
This blog is for authors who want to write a nonfiction book where they can turn their experience and their expertise into a tool that will help people.
So many authors agonise over who their target reader is because they genuinely want to help people and they are afraid that if they choose too specific a group of people they will miss out on reaching a whole lot of other people who would benefit from what they have to share. And that really is a fair enough concern.
If you haven’t already given thought to who your ideal reader is, you will soon find out how difficult it is to choose a specific niche for your writing. Amongst other things, there is a fair amount of FOMO that goes on. And rightfully so.
So this particular blog is all about saving you a lot of time procrastinating and languishing in indecision instead of getting your book written and published.
They know their business or their story. They just want to know what to do and when to do it so that they can write their book and bring their book to life. I think most of us can relate. No matter what we are trying to achieve, if we know what to do and when to do it, we can achieve what we want to achieve. So let me tell you what I think is the most important thing an author needs to do.
Today I am talking to solopreneurs – particularly coaches, consultants, and therapists, or anyone who wants to be one.
I get that you’re busy. In fact, I don’t know anyone who isn’t busy these days. It’s life now. Families need attention, cooking and cleaning needs to be done, then there’s work, clients, marketing, and the list goes on.
Finding the time to write a book is a struggle.
But given how important a published book is to your overall business growth, it’s time to consider what you can do to get your book written—even if you genuinely have no time to spare.
This week in the blog I wanted to talk to you about having an author’s mindset and thinking like a published author and I think asking this question is a great place to start in addressing that.
You might think being published is a long way off for you, or maybe you don’t think you are ever going to be published. You might have been told you are not a good writer or your English grades weren’t always great at school.
The fact is, that with the right guidance and support, anyone can become a published author. Even you.
A couple of weeks ago I shared some insight into writing and publishing a book to give you a realistic idea of what to expect should you decide to write and publish your own book.
This week I want to talk to you about another truth: you are going to have a lot of competition and you will need to be realistic.
The fact is, there are millions of books on the market, especially now that authors have access to Amazon Kindle and print-on-demand. I guarantee that what you want to write about has already been written about many times, from many different perspectives.
So how do you make sure your book sells? Let’s talk about that…
You only need to change course by one degree to end up at a completely different destination. ~ E James Rohn
I love this quote. I have shared this quote time and time again over the years, and in particular, in my counselling practice when I had an overwhelmed client sitting in front of me who didn’t know where or how to start putting their life back together after a breakup or a loss.
It’s brought me endless hope and comfort to know that one degree can make such a big difference. One step at a time. One decision at a time. One act at a time.
Today I heard this:
You’re one decision away from a totally different life. ~ Tim Han
One degree. One decision. Completely different destination. Totally different life.
As a self-published author, I know what a difference being published can make. Firstly, to the author – in terms of their self-esteem and the confidence they develop around their experience and the value they bring to their world – and secondly, to their readers who, of course, benefit from the content shared in a book – whether it be shared for entertainment or for educational purposes.
I first published 8 years ago when the 2nd biggest print-on-demand company was just 1 year old. Since then I have helped more than 200 authors aged between 8 and 78 to become published and many of them I have worked with on several occasions, which has been enormous fun.