Book-writing blocks! Pah! Sick and tired of them? Join the club.
As entrepreneurs, writers and creatives, we regularly have to face and blast through book-writing blocks if we want to actually finish writing our books. Unfortunately, it’s all part of the rollercoaster. Sometimes these writing blocks can put a ceiling on our success. Others play cruel tricks with our minds (and collude with our inner critic) to diminish our confidence in our writing skills. And often they steal our creative juices and laugh at our struggles to reignite the flow.
However… one thing all these book-writing blocks have in common is that they all stem from fear. And fear likes to keep us stuck. Have you ever come across any of these?
Fear 1: What if nobody wants to read my book?
A frequent (but unsubstantiated) block for many writers. Inner critics pipe up with the same old stuck record, ‘Who do you think you are? Why will people listen to you?’ Blah, blah, blah.
So let’s join forces now and blast this (unsubstantiated) fear to the back of beyond and repeat after me…
There are billions of readers around the world. So if my well-written book fulfils a demand, inspires, motivates, or teaches someone something, people will buy it.
Fear 2: There’s too much competition.
Yes, it’s a noisy, busy world out there with everyone vying for attention. But you shouldn’t let this stop you. There may be other books out there with a similar title to yours, look like they’re trying to attract your ideal reader and even have similar content…
But… you can still dropkick this fear to Timbuctoo by finding your USP and your niche, and reminding yourself that:
Yes, there will always be competition out there… BUT no one else has my warm and sparkling personality, my expertise, my inspirational message or my personal experience. And that’s what’s going to make your book so unique and inviting. To quote Dr Seuss, remember that…
“TODAY YOU ARE YOU, AND THAT IS TRUER THAN TRUE. THERE IS NO ONE ALIVE WHO IS YOU-ER THAN YOU.”
Fear 3: I don’t really know what to write about.
Sometimes this can be a pretty big roadblock when it comes to writing. Your creative juice tank feels like it’s diminishing, BUT your burning desire to write your book is still red hot. And it gets sooo frustrating, doesn’t it?
So what the heck can you do? Start by brainstorming your answers to these questions:
What are you passionate about?
What gets you out of bed each day?
How can you change lives?
What can you teach people to do?
How do you inspire people?
What do you know inside out and back to front that you could write for hours about without doing any research?
Take a look through the Amazon book store and look at the books in your niche. I guarantee your ideas will spark. Amble through your content archives, those courses you’ve created and left to get dusty in a drawer, and all those blogs… you can do this…
Fear 4: I’m not motivated enough to finish writing my book.
That’s okay, you’re human. We all prioritise other things sometimes, and feel that out writing is the only thing that can be moved to one side when we have to focus on making money / our responsibilities. Plus, writing is done in isolation, so it’s only natural that with no one to answer to or speak to about your book, your motivation levels wane.
But I know how to fix this fear too! Find an accountability buddy. Do you know anyone else who is writing a book right now? Could you pair up with an entrepreneurial friend and exchange motivation sessions? You could also follow my Facebook page www.facebook.com/thewritersassistant2013 and come chat with me. Use this platform to ask me anything you like about writing, self-publishing and how to overcome the wobbles.
Fear 5: But what if I fail?
That’s okay, you’re human. We’re all scared of failing. Leaving our comfort blankets and blasting through the next roadblock fills us all with fear. But fear is only trying to protect us. Fear is only saying to us, ‘Look, let’s just stay where we are, we’re happy here, it’s warm, it’s cosy. Why bother with all that upheaval?’
But if you don’t try, you’ll never grow. So let’s boom our way through this roadblock too! Remember, the prospect of failure is part of any exciting ride. It’s what helps us get even better at what we do. It’s what helps us refuel that fire in our bellies and makes us realise how much we really want something. But be mindful, too, that failure isn’t the only option. You can actually fly. Savour these lovely words from Erin Hanson, a young Australian poet…
“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask ‘What if I fall?’
Oh but my darling, what if you fly?
And finally… when your fears are getting the better of you, remember this acronym:
Now you know how to tackle these book-writing blocks, you really can do anything! So go, write that book, and come and tell me how you get on.