Someone else has written your book

The fear that someone else has written your book is one that holds back many aspiring authors from writing their book.

The only way to discover the answer to this question is to go and do some research (see my blog posts on online and bookshop research). Once you know the answer to this question, you can move forward. In the meantime, let’s look at some of the main triggers for that fear that someone else has written your book.

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Criticism or Feedback – Which is it and do you want to hear it?

The benefit of hiring a coach, mentor or editor to help you with your book is that they are experienced and (hopefully) expert at giving feedback. This means that any personal elements are avoided and you can receive their comments and ideas knowing they are given in a professional and detached manner.

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Add content to your under-length book

Usually, we worry about writing too much but there are times when we write too little. This often happens when you begin writing without a plan or with a plan that lacks detail. You begin by thinking you have a lot to say, then find that you are repeating yourself. As a result, you start cutting to get rid of the repetition but then you end up with a very short book – too short!

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What to do when you have too much content

It is very easy to write a book that has too much content. This happens because the title is too general, the topic is too broad and the book that lacks any clear argument, angle or focus. What happens is that you literally write everything you know about a topic. As a result, the book you create is often boring to read and very difficult to finish because you keep thinking of something else to add. All is not lost, though, because cutting back the ‘everything’ book is surprisingly easy. All you have to do is make one key decision.

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Finish writing your first draft before you start doing revisions

It is far too easy to get stuck when you are writing. One glitch or change of mind can make you feel as if the whole project is flawed. However, that is rarely the case. Doubts and fears can bring on the kind of negative thinking that has you believe you need to abandon the whole book because one small part of it is not working.

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Create a writing schedule

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get…

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Check your book structure and key points

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get…

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How does your book fit within your business

Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get feedback, preferably from a…

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Check your book topic is right

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Top Tip 4: Check your book topic is right Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here…

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Get Your Book Structure Right

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are the top tips again: Top Tip 1: Get…

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Create a Book Project Plan

Rescue Your Unfinished Book Top Tip 2: Create a Book Project Plan Previously, I listed 10 top tips to help you get back on track with your book. Whether you are grappling with your structure, your topic or your content, these tips will give you some insight into how to solve the problem. Here are…

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Get Feedback on Your Book

When you are stuck with your book, getting feedback is essential. Only another person can help you because only another person can see your book with fresh eyes. When you get feedback you access the powerful perspective of your prospective reader.

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10 Top Tips to Rescue Your Unfinished Book

Anyone who has ever tried to write a book has one. Even prolific writers have them – they are unfinished books, abandoned brain-children that stare silently at us from our shelves and computer screens. Half-done, our unfinished books linger in our minds, prodding us with reminders of our inability to finish what we started. Some…

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