There is nothing that I like more than coaching and helping aspiring authors who want to write and publish a book of their own. Watching someone take a great story and turn it into a beautiful book that they can hold is simply amazing. It’s no wonder they compare publishing a book to birthing a baby. “While there surely will be some difficulty in the writing, it can not compare with the joy of holding the finished product.”
There are four roadblocks that try to block future authors from writing and publishing a book. They often manifest as excuses we tell ourselves.
Roadblock #1: I don’t have the time.
I can have a powerful conversation with a future author where they see the finished product—they see the book and the impact it could have on others—but all too many times I hear the same thing: “I just don’t have the time to write it.” The truth is no one really has time for it. The way I help people overcome this is by getting them to write three days a week for just five minutes a day. It’s amazing how five minutes will turn into one hour. Make a little time and you will find that it will naturally grow as you see more and more of your book take shape.
Roadblock #2: I’m not sure if my book is worthy?
Neither did The Apostle Paul, but look at the bestseller his letters have become for the last two thousand years. No one writes a book they are absolutely sure will become everyone’s favorite book of all time. So why do people write (especially Christian authors)? It’s because they feel led to do so, and because they have a passion for something they simply have to share. If God has put it upon your heart then it has worth. Someone may be waiting for your book so don’t let self-doubt hold you back.
Roadblock #3: Aren’t there already books out there on this same subject?
Why should I write mine? It’s true, there are only a few subjects that have not already been written about. However, I tell aspiring authors that books are like snowflakes—no two are exactly the same. I ask them to think about their favorite book and if they have highlighted in it or in some other way marked certain pages or passages in that book, and most say yes. I also explain that unless that portion is a quote or scripture, it’s most likely not found in any other book in the world. Someone needs to read the story you will tell on page 28 while someone else needs to read the points you share on page 94.
Roadblock #4: I want my book to be perfect.
Someone said that perfectionism is the mother of procrastination and that is no truer than in the world of writing. There is a big difference between an imperfect book that is read and a perfect book that is never written. No book but the Bible is counted as perfect. Don’t let these excuses stop you from writing.
As you make the choice to write for five minutes a day and to not let doubt or perfectionism hold you back, you will find the power and inspiration to finish. Every great writer has to battle these same excuses but found a way to press through. You can follow their example and destroy any chance that you will one day regret not even trying. Go for it!