When I talk to aspiring authors who want to write a book, I often get an overwhelming sense of urgency from the author due to some sort of pressure they are feeling to get their book done and get it out there.
It’s not just pure excitement. They can become quite driven, and I can’t help thinking that much of this urgency is self-imposed in an effort to generate the energy they think they’re going to need for the sprint. Like taking off a band aid, they want to do it fast, so it hurts less.
So, I first want to ask: What’s the hurry? Really.
But I also want to say: Yes, you can!!
It is absolutely possible to write a book in 30 days if you plan it, make the time for it, and commit to the outcome, and I’m going to give you some tips on how to achieve that, but first let’s look at some of the reasons authors don’t get their book written and see if we can’t eliminate some of them before we move forward.
Barriers to Writing a Book
There are many reasons why people may be struggling to write their book. Some common barriers include:
- Lack of time: Many people lead busy lives and struggle to find the time to sit down and write a book.
- Lack of confidence: Some people may lack confidence in their writing ability or worry that their work won’t be good enough.
- Fear of failure: The fear of not being able to complete a book or of being rejected by publishers can be a significant obstacle.
- Perfectionism: Some people may have a tendency towards perfectionism, which can make it difficult to start writing or to feel satisfied with their work.
- Lack of clarity: It can be challenging to know where to begin or how to structure a book, which can be overwhelming and discouraging.
- Procrastination: Some people may struggle with procrastination and find it difficult to stay motivated and focused on their writing.
- Other commitments: People may have other commitments, such as work, family, or other hobbies, that make it challenging to find time for writing.
Writing a book does require a significant commitment of time and effort, but if you are willing to work to eliminate some of these barriers you might just get your book written and achieve that heart-felt goal you’ve probably had in mind for a very long time.
Here are some great tips that will help you get your book written:
- Set a realistic goal: Determine how many words you can write each day and calculate how many words you need to complete the book in 30 days.
- Create an outline: Having a clear outline will help you stay on track and ensure that you cover all the important points in your book.
- Write every day: Set aside a specific time each day to write and stick to it, even if you don’t feel like it. Consistency is key.
- Eliminate distractions: Turn off your phone, disconnect from social media, and focus solely on your writing during your designated writing time.
- Take breaks: Writing can be mentally exhausting, so it’s important to take breaks and give yourself time to recharge.
- Get feedback: Share your work with friends or family members and ask for their honest feedback. This will help you improve your writing and make necessary revisions.
Remember that if getting your book written is important then it is going to require some effort.
Give yourself the best possible chance to succeed by giving yourself everything you need to achieve it and you will be so glad you did.
It’s a wonderful experience to be able to say: I am a published author.
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