Is writers block really stopping you from writing your book?

We are all experts at creating reasons why we haven’t finished (or perhaps even started our book). How do I know this? Because I have been a master at inventing more important things to do than write. 

You can so easily become a ‘busy fool’ or, if you are like me, you put the needs of others (and your bank account) ahead of getting on with the writing of your books. There is nothing wrong or insidious about this, it’s just a fact of life especially in these credit crunchy days. 

Make no mistake, by writing your book there is no guarantee of instant riches and retirement. Like the lottery, you have to play and be in the written and published category to have any chance of ‘winning’. You will also learn your craft and about the vagaries of the publishing industry by writing and publishing something no matter how small. 

Perhaps it’s a collection of poems or short stories. The literary world is full of authors who only ‘made it’ through tenacity and persistence. Some also only achieve fame posthumously. While this might not be of any benefit to you, just think of how you can leave a cultural legacy for the world and perhaps a financial legacy for your family. 

Speaking personally, I cashed all my pensions in early before they lost even more money and I plan not only to make my writings my passive income but also to have life style that supports what is essentially a hobby. 

Apart from financial considerations, you may have a full time job or a family to look after. The latter of course being a full time job in itself. Of course, you may have both. I am sure you will be able to think of many factors that will contrive against you getting on with writing. 

For example, the physical space you want to write in may be messy and there’s a much needed clear out to be done. 

Now I am a great believer in the win-win situation as a motivator. Forgetting for a moment about the benefit of having a book published, this little exercise at the end of this article is designed to find out what will stop you from getting your book written.  In the second part of the exercise you will elicit the collateral benefits in other areas in your life you will achieve by writing your book. 

Exercise: Identifying Blocks

List the things that you think are currently preventing you from getting started with a book. Here are some examples:

  • Full time job
  • Family commitments
  • Untidy office
  • No computer at home
  • Needing to do some research first
  • Confidence in writing
  • Lack of self esteem
  • Fear of ridicule, failure or success

Now list things in your life you would like to change, perhaps some bad habits:

  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Watching too much television
  • Issues at work
  • Family or relationship problems
  • Playing computer games

Finally, write down how you would feel if you managed to not only write and publish a book but also deal with these issues in your life. 

You can find out about the numerous ways to banish writers block in my new book BLOCKS!

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Do you want to write a book? Have a clear purpose

If you are going to all the effort of writing a book, I think you’ll agree it would be a good idea to write ‘a great book’.

Many people approach the writing of a book from a business or financial angle.

While this is a laudable aim and great benefits can be achieved from publishing a book, I believe there is a healthier and more productive approach to making your book a success. 

The two main benefits to be gained from writing a book are the personal transformation you achieve as a writer and the enlightenment and entertainment you impart to the reader.  When you succeed in delivering both of these, the financial reward you seek will come easily and effortlessly.  Be prepared to be surprised though exactly how it comes in as it might not just be from book sales. 

From a personal perspective, the journey of researching or dreaming up your book is rewarding in its own right. The sense of pride when each milestone is reached is simply amazing. 

As you go from 1st draft, to edited manuscript through proof reading and typesetting and on to publication, you will grow in pride, stature and sense of purpose. 

As a published author, your friends and family see you in a new light as do work colleagues, partners and clients.  You become a domain expert in the eyes of the press, TV and radio. New doors will open for you as your book connects with people who you simple otherwise have met. 

Your book becomes the best business card you have ever had and you will be surprised at how having written it brings in revenues not only from direct book sales. This is equally true for fiction as well as non-fiction books. 

When you start to receive your first reader reviews, you begin to get a sense of the second benefit to be had by authors.  When you find how your words affect other people, people who aren’t your friends and family, you cannot help but beam with pride.

I remember when one man said about my first book, “Stunning, I cried. That’s all.”

I felt like I had arrived on the scene as an author. I could evoke feelings in people I had never met just from the power of the word. 

 This quote and the many others and was what got me really hooked and inspired me to write even more. 

You can find out more about writing and publishing your own book in my free Ebook – How to write a book and get it published.

How to Channel Your Book Workshop

stevenobelThe Unleash the Book Inside workshop is being run in March as part of the Alternatives programme.

You can listen to a interview about my approach to writing with Steve Nobel.

It’s 30 minutes long and gives an alternative approach to the how and why of writing a book.

You’ll find out gems of wisdom like how getting rid of writer’s block frees up other areas in your life and how not-thinking is the path to the collective consciousness.

You can download and listen to the whole interview here

The workshop ran on Sunday the 22nd March in Central London and this is the feedback from those that attended …

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You can see the schedule for the next workshop near you here

If you can’t make a workshop, then it’s available for Home Study anywhere in the world here

Tom also mentors authors who have attended the workshop and taken Home Study course anywhere in the world over Skype

How I became an author … Wendy Salter

The pleasures to be enjoyed from reading books are innumerable.

The path to writing your own book is tortuous and lengthy … or is it?

You either like writing or you don’t, which immediately isolates a relatively small portion of the population
who are likely to write a book, and that was a revelation that came to me this year – the year I produced my own first book.
It is not a competition between writers; it is what writers do, naturally – produce books; like cooks produce food.
I realised that because some are doing it successfully, it doesn’t have to inhibit first-timers. Yes, some become famous and prolific in their creations, like pop stars, but, again, that doesn’t make them the best for everyone. I see now that that is more about marketing than writing good books.
Writing, and having something to write about, has never been a problem for me, but becoming a published author certainly was, before now.
I love a good book and am probably quite critical in how I choose an author and reading subject; for example,
I have read only five chapters of the Harry Potter polylogy and I have only read two books more than once.
They were ‘Tess of the Durbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tess_of_the_Durbervilles.
and Homer’s ‘Oddysey’ . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odyssey
Starting the book that I have just self-published was also alot easier than I could ever have imagined. It was as easy as 1, 2, 3…go!
A few words came into my head one night, just before going to sleep and instead of dismissing them as unimportant
I wrote them down the next day. A few hours later I had the first five chapters of a short story.
These words were very far away from being a book, and I had no thoughts around what I would do with them, until the story unfolded before my eyes and became a revelation in itself. One story led to another until, five months after starting, I had a potential book. The seed of thought of it being a book one day was germinated by several elements.
  1. There was at least one person, I knew, who would read my book, and, as it has turned out, many, many more.
  2. There was so much excitement for me in writing the book that I felt  there would be excitement, and therefore enjoyment, for the person reading it.
  3. The finished book seemed to offer something valid and enlightening to anyone who read it, beyond just enjoyment.
  4. I knew Tom Evans.
Tom, the Bookwright, www.thebookwright.com has been a master key to turning my story into a book. Tom’s support, encouragement, knowledge and expertise, especially about self-publishing, has made the process extremely easy.
I wondered if I should use a pen and paper at one point, because it felt like such a rich experience, but I found my lap-top and
‘Word’ so useful for correcting and editing later. Sending the complete manuscript as a document via the Internet, to your chosen publisher, is so easy, too.
I can now see that once you recognise that you are a writer, everything else can follow on smoothly.
I have self-published on www.lulu.com just to get a book in my hand and see what it looks like and to give the unabridged first edition to my family.
It is easy and cheap. Your book arrives within five days!

Having held my book in my hands – a real book called ‘Herstoria’ – and seen my words on the pages therein, I am now going to walk fearlessly along the path of authorship and urge you to do so too. http://wendysalter.wordpress.com/2008/05/01/herstoria-first-installmentherstoria-first-installment/

Tom encouraged me to start my own Blog. www.wendysalter.com I have found that not only could I start serialising my first story on the Blog, but I could overcome my nerves about being exposed, criticised or even ignored. I also enjoyed posting short articles and poems. The feedback I have received by doing this has been very positive. It is great fun and very rewarding as well as a useful practice for being a published writer.
Tom is like a writer’s guardian angel. He will be there to help you overcome any self-doubt, writers’ block, loss of direction or lack of information and will be the first to celebrate your success with you.
Wendy Salter

Unleash the Book Inside Correspondence Course

Unleash the Book Inside You

Unleash the Book Inside You

I am now delivering this successful workshop as correspondence course on a 1-2-1 basis anywhere in the world.

The course is designed for people who want to write a book but don’t know where to start.

It consists of a set of easy to follow exercises and two hours of 1-2-1 telephone mentoring (or you can come and see me in person if you live in the South East of England).

At the end of the course, you will have the motivation to write your book, a writing plan and publication strategy.

You’ll also learn how to get your book content delivered in your sleeping and meditation time and how to get both sides of your brain in sync.

As part of the mentoring process, we will identify any blocks and deal with them.

Download a brochure for the correspondence course

You will also learn how writing your book will change your life path.

Writing my first book ended up with me walking around London in a bra for 26 miles and now mentoring other authors on how to write their books.

Your book will be just about the best ‘business card’ you can ever have. It will open doors for you, give you and your business new credibility

AND … it is easier than ever to get published and get your words out there.