If you have already started your book you may think your decision to write it has already been made. But if your book is not getting written (or only in fits and starts), you may need to think again because you haven’t made a decision at all. You’re just playing. When you make a committed decision to do something, everything changes. There is action, movement, and change.
It’s easy to think that your decision to do something comes when you start a project, but actually, it comes when you are prepared to finish it. Finishing is much harder than starting. Finishing requires a committed decision to do stuff that is risky or difficult. Being willing to finish is the hard part.
Stop telling yourself that writing a book is easy
When it comes to writing a book, you may be under the impression that it is a relatively easy thing to do. Everyone is doing it and all the gurus tell you it is easy so it must be.
The only problem is that you’re not making any progress with yours.
Other people seem to be made for writing books because they actually finish and publish them. You worry that maybe you are not one of ‘those people’. Perhaps you lack commitment? Perhaps you haven’t really decided to do it yet?
The truth about writing books is that it is hard. Even professional writers find it hard. If you imagine it is easy, you will only make it harder for yourself. Accept that it takes grit, grind and inconvenient amounts of effort to write a book and you’ll be better prepared to do what it takes to get the job done. Then you can make a decision and stop wishing, hoping and wanting.
All you need is a little push…
We all need a push to make a decision – we need a little incentive. That can come in many forms but a small wager can work well. When someone shows you a mountain (not Everest or K2, of course) and says, ‘I bet you can’t climb to the top of that’. What happens? Do you roll up your sleeves and start working out how to prove them wrong? I bet you do! That’s a decision made, then.
Your book is a mountain.
I bet you can’t write it.
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