If you have an excuse not to write your book, we’ve probably heard it before!
Yet, we’ve had many conversations with enthusiastic wanna-be authors.
They get excited when they tell us about their book.
They know the difference that it’s going to make to them, their clients and their business.
And yet something keeps getting in their way.
There are 7 excuses and fears that we hear time and time again. And if you find yourself saying some of these things, then they’re probably stopping you from writing or finishing your book.
And if you’re willing to let them go and move on with our help, read on. We’ll tell you how to banish them from your vocabulary all together!
1. “Who am I to write a book?”
Many authors question whether they have the authority to write. They doubt if what they are saying is different enough, unique enough or simply good enough.
When I wrote my first book, I questioned this myself. I didn’t think I knew enough, was competent enough, or even good enough to write a book. Yet I did it anyway.
The truth is that you have your very own life experiences and you will have your own unique way of telling or teaching.
So a better question might be to ask:
– Who are you not to write a book?
Just think for a minute. What happens if you don’t write it?
There are literally thousands of people who are waiting for your ideas and wisdom, and it is only when you tell it in your own way that they will hear the message. Others might share similar ideas, or even processes, but your audience will relate to why and how you communicate.
If I asked you to tell me everything that you knew about your specialist subject, I’m sure that you could talk for ages and love sharing what you know.
How many times have people told you how helpful your wisdom and insights have been?
Take time to collect the evidence you already have that your story and processes have value.
2. “What if people don’t like it?”
Oh, we hear this a lot.
When you write a book, you are well and truly sticking your head above the parapet and not everyone will like it. You’re becoming more visible and perhaps, dare I say, not playing small anymore? I get it.
The truth is that not everyone will like your book. But remember, you’re not writing your book for ‘everyone’, you are writing it for your ideal reader. For everyone who doesn’t like it, there will be hundreds, if not thousands, of people who love what you have to say and will reap the benefits of your wisdom and stories.
The journey of an author requires courage. In writing your book, you will gain clarity of what you have to say, who you are saying it to, and it can and will build your confidence.
3. “I don’t know what makes my book different”
Writing books has become a popular pastime over the last few years and if you want your book to stand out, then you have to have a strong hook.
I’m sure there’s something about what you do and how you do it, or your story, that will make your book different from other books out there. And remember your clients and fans want your book, not anyone else’s. I touched on this slightly before, but the truth is that you make your book unique, you make it different – your style, your journey, your style, your stories and examples.
It can be difficult to view ourselves as the ‘thing’ that makes the biggest difference, and yet when you can look at yourself as the thing that makes the difference, it is easy to stand out. There is and will only ever be one of you.
4. “I don’t have time to write my book”
This is one excuse we often hear, and yet there is always a moment in time when an author says “I have to create time, I can’t live with this book inside me any longer”.
In that moment the decision is made, and the book becomes a priority.
A deadline is created, and some hire coaches and mentors to ensure they do not give up on their dream to become published.
Perhaps all you need is the decision and the deadline.
Some need a clear plan and understanding of what they are writing.
But for many, the overwhelm of not knowing where to start, what to include and what to leave out, means they get stuck in overwhelm. They often blame a lack of time, when the truth is they lack clarity and confidence in themselves and their writing.
This is when having a peer support group and mentors is so important, and why we run our Author’s Journey Mastermind programme.
When you know why you are writing, who you are writing to and when you are writing it, it becomes a commitment in your diary that you no longer sidestep or avoid.
5. “I’m not very good at spelling or grammar”
We’ve worked with many clients who are dyslexic, and for some English is not their first language. Others have been scarred by a teacher or parent telling them they are not good at spelling and grammar. Heck – I definitely fall into the latter camp myself. But this can all be overcome by being willing to be supported.
When you work with the right team of people, this really doesn’t matter. A development editor will help you develop your ideas and even co-write with you, and editors will correct grammar and spelling.
The most important things are that you find your voice, find your flow, get a really clear on what you want to say and the structure of your book, and find the right editor for you.
6. “What if it doesn’t sell?”
There’s nothing worse than launching a product to find that nobody buys it. The same can be said for launching a book. Now if you have always wanted to write ‘a book’, it can be so easy to avoid doing the market research for fear that someone might tell you that ‘your book’ is not wanted.
But it is a vital part of the process. As an author you dream of writing, then you talk to people and share your ideas with the purpose of finding out what others think. By doing this research you can also ask questions like ‘What would you like to see in the book?’ The audience will then tell you what they want.
This is all part of good marketing for your business and your book. Now for many of our clients, they are not worried about selling millions of copies. The book is their way to gain more clients. So, it’s important to understand your vision for the book. Understanding what you want the book to do for you, the reader and your business means that you can start marketing it and doing market research from the day you start writing.
That way you know that you are writing the book that is wanted. You are also marketing it as you write, ensuring you have people waiting to buy it.
This is a thing that we instil in all our clients, both one to one and on our Mastermind programme.
7. “I’m stuck. I don’t know what to do first or how to get published”
If you’ve listened to any of our webinars or read our blogs before, you’ll know that there are 10 key steps to the Author’s Journey and you don’t need to know all of them when you get started. If you’re willing to be guided along each step, we can make it easier for you to get your book out there.
At this stage, you don’t need to know how to get published. You don’t need to have your book launch plan. And you don’t need to have an agent in place. You just need the basic structure and support to get started. And that’s where my team and I can help. Then when you have a question, all you need to do is ask.
Do you want to leave your excuses behind?
Every author goes on a journey from dreaming and thinking about writing a book to becoming a published author. Many get stuck along the way because they don’t want to admit they need help.
Writing is not a one-man/woman job. Although your name is on the book, and you get all the credit, it requires a team to make it a reality, and learning to reach out and ask for help is vital.
At Librotas we help you every step of the way. From setting you up for success to getting you unstuck and celebrating as you cross the finish line.
If you are fed up of feeling stuck and feeling alone with your book, please book a call to discuss joining our mastermind group and find out how we can support you to make your book writing dreams a reality.