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Book Writing: What's Holding You Back?

Donna Kozik, Guest Author

"Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we make up our minds to walk boldly through them!" - Orison Marden. author

When you look for things stopping you from being published, it seems there are reasons galore. Frankly, none of these reasons are new or unique to you they're all the same reasons millions of other authors have faced and "walked boldly through.

Here I take on five of the most frequent excuses, er, reasons, people give for not getting their book done and smack them around a bit. (The reasons, not the people.)

Lack of time - Fact is, we all have the same amount of timeit's up to us about how we choose to use it. And that's done by determining what's important to us and making a commitment. In addition, you might think that writing a book will take longer than it actually does.

Alan Cohen has said that if you write three pages a day, in a year you'll have three books! So, if you do the math, you can have one book done in a matter of months. (Or, if you use the "My Book Writing Blueprint" method of "talking" your book, you can get it done even faster all in the time it takes to watch a couple of movies.)

Lack of subject knowledge - Worried you don't know enough about your subject to write a book about it? Don't be. I'm not kidding when I say you'd be shocked about how much you know. By studying, even for just a little while, whatever subject you're interested in, you know more than most. For some reason, the more we delve into our subject, the more we discount how much we ourselves know. So, trust me, you know your stuffnow just go tell the world!

Lack of writing skill - Not having a lot of experience in formal writing can actually be a positive. Say you're a whiz at writing term papers. Well, who wants to read a book that's written like a term paper? The best books are in a more conversational style, and that's another reason why "talking your book" is such a good way to go.

Also, think about how many emails you write every day. If you're anything like me, it's a ton and you put some thought into them. And the beauty of it is that all those email have made you a stronger writer. (Texting, on the other hand, not so much.)

Lack of "how to do it" - Okay, so you get that you can write a book, but then you find yourself hung up on how to get it published. Again, it's pretty easy these days with print-on-demand technology and what's being called "hybrid publishing," which combines the best of both worlds in self-publishing and traditional publishing.

An hour or so of research with Google, and you will find your way through this, so don't let this be a hang up. (Of course, I'm also happy to point you in the right direction. . . just ask.)

Lack of "promotional expertise" - Yes, it's true that promoting yourself and your book is where the real work comes in, but don't let that stop you from writing your book in the first place! There are plenty of experts out there offering free advice in how to do it. Plus, just being able to say, "I'm an author" gives you a big advantage over others in your business and industry, so don't be worried about step 93 when you're on step 2.

It's funny about what can hold so many of us back from going after our pursuits. Yet there are also many, many books out thereso somebody has to be writing them.

Think about your challenges and think of ways to "walk boldly through them!" I've got to tell you, there's nothing like being a published author, and I want you to feel the same feeling I have and others have. Don't get in your own way. Get started!


Copyright © - Donna Kozik. - Reprinted with permission. Donna Kozik, founder of, is a book writing & publishing consultant who shows business owners how to write their book quickly and easily to create a no-fail marketing tool. Visit Donna's Facebook Page. Download Your Free Book Planner to "Get Started Writing Your Own Book FAST."


  If you would like to talk one-on-one with Larry James about issues related to this article, you are invited to arrange for a private coaching session by telephone. Go to Author & Speaker Coaching for specific details and fees.

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