What’s stopping you writing your book? Is it time, lack of confidence in your writing ability or the lack of a good enough idea? When you figure out what’s actually stopping you, then you can do something about it. Before that, it’s all excuses! So, let’s get to it and start figuring out why you’re not writing your book and see if you can do something about it.

Here are the 7 key reasons why you haven’t written your book – and what to do about them.

1. You’re not a writer

The truth is you don’t have to consider yourself a writer to write a book. What is a writer anyway? Someone who perhaps writes for a living or considers themselves a wordsmith in some way? I think of myself as a writer because it is the form of communication that I find easiest and most enjoyable (apart from talking, I’m pretty good at that when you get me going!).

If the label ‘writer’ is bothering you, throw it off. It isn’t worth worrying about. Once you’ve written and published your book, you’ll be an author. Another label – but maybe one you feel differently about?

2. You don’t have time


Ah, yes. Time. It’s true, writing a book takes time and effort. However, you can control how much time and when, especially if you plan your project. Once you have a good plan in place – and that includes knowing how the book is going to generate leads and revenue for your business, it will be easier to make the time to do the work. Knowing your purpose will change the task of writing a book from a vanity project to a business task.

3. You don’t have a good enough idea

If you don’t think your book topic idea is good enough, do more research. Look at other books, do a keyword search to find a better topic and ask your contacts for feedback. Work on your title, too. Getting that right can make a huge difference.

4. You don’t know enough

If you think you don’t know enough to write a book in the first place, is simply means that you haven’t been looking at your knowledge and expertise in the right way. Ask yourself some questions: how do I help my clients? (You might need to ask ‘How to I intend to help my clients?’

if you are a new coach.) What is my process? What skills and knowledge do I want to share with my target market? These questions – I’m sure you’ll think of others) will help you identify what it is you can share and that, in turn, will enable you to develop some book ideas.

5. You don’t know where to start

Buy a book, get some information and learn how to do this book-writing thing before you even thing of starting. Above all, make a plan! Read some of my blog posts and download my FREE ebook.

6. You just haven’t decided when, yet

If you don’t have a definite schedule or deadline for getting your book done, you will probably never do it. If there isn’t enough in it for you, you won’t do it. So first you need a powerful reason why you are going to write a book or you will never plan it or execute it.

7. You’re not sure you want a book

Well, to be honest, it’s the same answer as for the previous statement. If you’re not sure, don’t do it. Spend your time on something you do want to do. If you’re only producing a book because you think you should it probably won’t work as a useful tool in your business. You need to have some purpose for your book and if that isn’t there, you’re unlikely to commit to it.

What next?

Once you’ve identified the reasons why you haven’t written a book you can do something about it. And if you decide that the main reason is that you’re not that bothered (at least at the moment) that’s fine. At least you can stop thinking about it and do something more productive with your time.

If you do want to get your book done, at least you have some strategies for handling the problem that is holding you back.

Why not take advantage of a free publishing consultation with me? I can help you identify blocks, solutions and plans so you can finally get your book going. It’s free, and I promise you will get real value from our call. Click here to find out how to set up your free session.

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Deborah Taylor
Deborah Taylor

Hi, I'm Deborah Taylor and I'm a publishing consultant and book-writing mentor. I work with established business owners who want to share their message by writing a book but are struggling to get started (or finished). I help them write, publish and launch a stand-out, attention-grabbing book that will raise their profile, reach more of their ideal clients and grow their business. I am a trained editor with over 15 years' publishing experience with major blue-chip UK publishing companies such as Hodder & Stoughton, BBC Books, Cassell and Pearson. I have produced books on every subject under the sun and with professinals and experts from a wide range of professions, from chefs and gardeners to life coaches and career consultants. I would love to help you write a book you love and that will raise your profile, attract new clients and bring you exciting new business opportunities.