This is a common theme in my life and one that I’m sure you can relate to.
There’s a new book that I’d like to write and I have been thinking about it for weeks. I do practice what I teach and I have been brain-dumping all of my ideas, but I have also had the following thoughts circling around my mind.
- I need to read more about this subject before I start writing
- The next couple of months are really busy so I should probably wait until the summer when things might calm down a bit.
- If I start working on this book, will I be focusing on the right book or should I be writing something else?
- Am I qualified enough to talk about this subject or will people who are eminently more qualified than me criticise my approach?
It’s all BS.
This is a book I’m writing for ‘fun’ as opposed to one that’s linked to my work. I have recently finished a ghostwriting project and have also written a children’s book for my social enterprise, so it’s time to reintroduce something to work on for the sheer love of writing.
That’s not to say I don’t love ghostwriting or writing for my businesses, it’s just that sometimes, you need to let your imagination take over and I have an idea that has been percolating for a while.
If you’re in a similar position, you have an idea and the little voice in your head is giving you lots of reasons why it’s a really bad idea to get started. Join me in this exercise. First of all, do what I did at the start of this email. Write down the reasons why ‘now’ isn’t the best time to start writing your book.
Then, challenge those reasons and see what comes up for you:
- I will always be reading about this subject and always learning more, so I will never know everything there is to know about it. That’s ok because my reader doesn’t need the in-depth scientific explanations; they need my take on those explanations in a way that relates to what I’m talking about. In fact, science would bore my reader and probably only serve to stop them from reading. So, I have all the information I need for this book and my own personal mission to keep learning is a separate thing.
- Yes, the next couple of months are busy. The last couple of months were also busy. Life is busy! I don’t have to write the whole book in the next couple of months, I just have to take the steps to make a start. I can easily schedule in half an hour a day to enjoy the early stages of planning this book and in two months’ time, I’ll have spent at least 20 hours on this book, which means I’ll easily have all of the planning done, tested my structure and be ready to write, if I haven’t already started writing.
- Who knows! I can only work on one passion-book-project at a time though so the sooner I get started, the sooner I’ll find out if it’s going somewhere. As someone very wise once said, you’re much more likely to have a bestseller if you write 100 books than if you just write one. Letting go of any attachment to the outcome will make the whole process much more fun.
- I am qualified to talk about this and there are a number of qualified people I can talk with if I need more information. From experience, I have found that ‘eminently qualified’ people are actually really supportive of new ideas and new approaches that come from a place of experience and expertise. As Brene Brown says, it’s the people who are joining you in the arena that can share true wisdom and offer guidance. Anyone else’s opinion can be filed in the f*** it bucket. Ok, I’m paraphrasing and not directly quoting the wonderful, Brene Brown, but asking for help is good thing. If you genuinely feel that you need an additional qualification before you start writing, then what better reason to get on and learn. It will be the first step in writing your book!
When you take the time to challenge that voice in your head, respectfully and with a logical approach, you’ll soon find out if it’s a help or a hindrance.
If you’d like to join me in a book writing adventure, I’m thinking about getting a small group together to go through the process with me. My deadline is to have the first draft finished by the end of September, so if that sounds like something you’d like to aim for, send me a message.