What’s holding you back from writing your book

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I’ve got my writing hat on today, hence the theme of this blog post.

I’ve had my head buried in client work since the beginning of the year, working on two entirely different but fascinating ghostwriting projects.

I’ve been so busy, my own goals have been put to one side, This got me thinking about ‘good intentions’ and what happens to those good intentions when *stuff* gets in the way.

For my clients, being able to finally get their books underway has, for them, been a major accomplishment. They’ve been meaning to write and be published for years but have for a variety of reasons felt overwhelmed by the task.

Overwhelmed. Just saying the word makes you feel tired. After all, one definition is: ‘to be buried or drowned beneath a huge mass of something’. Imagine mustering every ounce of energy you have, just to struggle your way out from underneath a huge mass of something.


Which is exactly how you feel when you’re trying to run a business and do everything you can to promote it too.

We all know that having a published book under your belt is a great way to promote your business or the service you provide. It adds credibility and helps position you as the expert in your field.

But when do you find the time to do it?

Yes of course, you CAN find the time to do it, but with everything else you’ve got on your plate, WHEN?

It’s easy to see how overwhelm can creep in.


Overcoming overwhelm

There are only so many hours in a day and you only have one pair of hands.  So, it boils down to setting priorities.

What are YOUR priorities?

Do you have a clear vision for your business, where you want to be and how you want to get there?

What part does your business book play in that? How will you use it to help you achieve those goals?

Being clear on this will help you map a plan of action to get started.

Mind you, there are times when overwhelm is simply down to being disorganised.

No set priorities for the day or week will have you reacting to every little thing that comes your way.  The result?  You feel you’re constantly on the go, yet you haven’t achieved anything tangible.

Why not treat yourself to a Journal and commit to regularly setting goals towards getting your book written.  It will help you:


  • focus and concentrate: It’s impossible to write without focusing and concentrating,
  • gain clarity and direction: your thoughts written down on paper become something you can clearly see, aim for, a new goal or a new direction.


But what to do when you feel less than confident about your book idea, or content?

You know what I mean – those days, weeks, or even months when you keep second guessing yourself.


Overcoming Analysis Paralysis

You’ve come across analysis paralysis.

Analysis paralysis is when you think you’re on the right track, but there’s a nagging doubt in the back of your mind preventing you from moving forward.

Disquieting thoughts such as:  Is this idea any good?  Is my writing any good?  Who on earth would publish this?

It happens to the best of us.

But frankly, the only way forward is to put your best foot forward.


“Fortune favours the bold.”  Terence.

Why not make a bold step forward, by asking a friend to brainstorm ideas with you. Once written down, those nebulous ideas soon become a real, tangible project.

Isn’t it exciting when you have someone helping you with a brand new project?

Excitement is a powerful motivator to keep you moving forward. So, if you’ve lost it because you feel bogged down with the task, go find it again.

Build up that excitement by reminding yourself what made you passionate about your book in the first place. Then refocus, re-energize and keep making small steps towards getting it completed.

Can you relate to any of these challenges?  Feel free to share your comments below.



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I’m Mary Cummings, a ghostwriter, collaborator and all round word doctor. I help business owners write and publish business books; I'm also passionate about helping creative freelancers find work that they love - their work sweet spot with work on their terms, projects they love and clients who are a dream to work for.