Having an idea for a book is really easy. Starting a book is easy, but writing to finish is difficult and very few people actually reach the goal. Why is that? I believe it is because the path to a finished book has many obstacles.
Why do some authors get published and others do not? Well, I have authored three books myself, but more importantly, I have had hundreds of conversations with authors. It is from those chats that I have seen five common roadblocks that prevent writers from getting the manuscript to finished book. Here is that list and some ways you can overcome them.
- Forgetting why you wanted to write the book
- Losing the discipline of writing regularly
- Losing sight of the day you want to hold your book
- Doubt creeps in.
- Unclear what you will do when you are done writing.
Forgetting why you wanted to write the book. There is usually some moment of inspiration or impetus that causes an author to want to write. It is very easy along the way of doing the hard work of completing the manuscript to forget that reason. Motivation is tied to remembering why. So it is a very, very simple thing to do, but take a piece of paper and write down why you wanted to write the book in the first place. Put that paper where you can see it every time you sit down to write.
Motivation is tied to remembering why
Losing the discipline of writing regularly. One thing I have seen that is common to all authors who are successful in self-publishing is they determine the best time to write and they block that time on the calendar. Every author who I have spoken to usually has a time that is better than others for them to write. Most authors can write more in one good hour than in three hours when not in the right space or time.
I remember one time I was sitting with an author who is quite prolific. She has published more than 30 book and I wanted to test this theory with her. I was having lunch with she and her husband. I asked her the question, “Is there a particular time that you find yourself more productive in writing?” Before she could answer the question, her husband said, “5:30 in the morning.” He knew being married to her that there was a time when she was more productive than not. So that is an important thing to remember, and what I find is if you try to write only when you have time, you will not be as successful. Other things will rush in and fill up the most productive time you have for writing. So make an appointment with yourself on your calendar and block that time.
I will address the remaining three roadblocks in my next post. In the meantime, use the comments section to let me know if you think there are any other roadblocks I did not address. (To Be Continued)