Sunday, January 1, 2012
5 Reasons You Haven't Written a Book--and 10 Steps to Help You Get It Done
Is writing a book one of your New Year's resolutions?
What's stopping you?
A member of our local Mystery Writers of America chapter said to me, "I would write, if I knew I was any good. I mean, I'm just waiting for someone to read my stuff and tell me I've got talent."
Are you waiting for someone to give you the green light?
A former journalist told me, "I started writing a novel, but then I kind of got side-tracked."
Are you piddling around and wasting your time on other projects when you should be writing?
A young lady I met at a bookstore told me, "I have five or six half-written novels in my desk at home. I just haven't finished any of them."
Are you always chasing a new idea rather than working through an "old" one and seeing it to completion?
A friend told me that he's stopped to outline his book once again.
Are you so busy planning your book that you haven't gotten around to writing it?
Another friend is involved with a critique group. They meet every other week. "We do more yakking than critiquing," she admitted to me.
Are you spending more time socializing and discussing your work than actually writing?
There are a thousand roads to failure, and only one road to success: Just do it.
Let me break that down:
1. Make your writing your top priority.
2. Structure an environment that supports your goal.
And remember, we all started from a place of fear and doubt. Success begins when you move past that spot.