It isn’t always easy to find the energy and inspiration to write. The number one reason why most books don’t get written is because their authors can’t maintain their writing schedule. Why is that? Why does the energy and enthusiasm for your book evaporate so fast, even though you’re motivated to succeed?


We all live life at full pelt these days and one of the first things we sacrifice for being able to get it all done is sleep. Apparently, we are losing an additional 1-2 hours’ sleep a night in comparison with the amount of sleep we were getting in the middle of the last century.

If you are serious about succeeding in business and you want to write a book, you need to invest in your health and well-being. You may be able to burn the midnight oil in order to meet a deadline but if you only attempt to write when you are exhausted at the end of the day, you will start to hate your book as it’ll be that thing that keeps you from getting more sleep.

Focus on getting rested then set aside one evening or a few hours at the weekend rather than working late every night or sitting and thinking about working every night (rather than relaxing).

Lack of focusstaircase

I know what it’s like, you have a to-do list as long as your arm and a wish list of what you want to achieve that never seems to get done. The truth is that you’re spreading yourself too thin. Your book is on the end of a list that is too long and that you never quite get to. How do I know?…because I’ve done it myself. In the end, nothing gets finished.

If you have more pressing projects, do them. Finish them and then set a time to focus on your book. When it is your book’s turn, you can give it your all, and get the result you want. It’s simple, but I know it isn’t easy to do. But my experience tells me that when we focus on one issue and work on it with our full attention we get the outcome we want.

Fear, doubt and confusion

Ah, the old enemy: ourselves! This is the number one reason why we don’t get our most precious projects finished. In the process of doing too much, getting exhausted and not focusing on one key project at a time, fear, doubt and confusion set in. Once those take a hold, your confidence drains so all the other factors get a tighter grip. It’s a very negative downward spiral from here.


Finding the energy and inspiration to write

The only way to re-find your precious energy and inspiration for your book is to reverse the trend. Self-care, sleep, good food – these are the essential starting points. From here, you will be fresh enough to redefine your key projects. One of those projects may or may not be your book, it doesn’t matter. Once you have your focus back, your energy will return, your confidence will rise and your will find yourself achieving results.

This will lead to a positive upward spiral that will give you that essential feeling of success. Before you know it, you will be sprinting to your desk to get your book done!

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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.