When you start to think about writing a book, especially a book built off of your very own expertise, point-of-view, and thought leadership — there can be a seemingly endless series of obstacles that will rise up and get in your way.
While your specific experience will of course be unique to you, the general obstacles that show up are so incredibly common that they verge on universal.
This third article in a series uncovers one of the most common obstacles that get in the way on the road to writing your book — not committing to it.
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On the road to writing your book there is a moment where you say to yourself — I am done with just thinking about this and I am ready to start actually doing something about writing this book.
That’s the first step — deciding for yourself that your book is a priority, and important enough to get serious about.
After that, commitment takes many forms.
Maybe for you, it looks like starting to set aside time to plan your book idea and research publishing options.
Or maybe it looks less tactical and you find yourself drawn to reading books on writing or creativity to get inspired.
There’s no one right path to committing to writing your book, yet the important thing is that you successfully make that step from deciding you will do it, to actually doing something.
And that can sometimes be the hardest part.
You are so excited to decide and commit. You’re super, super jazzed, and energized. You are doing this! You are going to stop talking and start doing!
Yet, sometimes that doing can be really hard to start.
Here is a framework to help guide you forward.
A Real-Life Friendly Framework for Committing to Your Book
Committing to your book is going to require some changes in your life, your attitude, and your priorities. Thinking about each piece of the framework will give you the solid foundation you and your book need to successfully commit to your book.
Part 1: Committing to your book isn’t something you do just one day — it’s something you will need to return to again and again.
- How will you keep your commitment to your book top of mind every day? These could be visible reminders like post-it notes you put up in your workspace, or restructuring your schedule to create time for your book.
- How will you revisit and recommit when life happens? Life will happen and your carefully crafted plan will need to be re-jiggered. Decide now how you’ll handle it so that it doesn’t get set aside instead.
Part 2: Commitment to something new means something else probably needs to go.
- What will you give up in order to make room for prioritizing and committing to your book?
Organizational Psychologist Adam Grant recently shared this tweet which pretty much summed up the idea. We all think we can do so much more than is really realistic and we end up spreading ourselves too thin, doing none of it very well — leaving us both disappointed and exhausted.
Part 3: Commitment in a vacuum is a recipe for disaster — you will need a support plan.
- Are you someone who will thrive only with accountability? Find an accountability partner and check in weekly with your progress, or share your progress via a blog or social media.
- Explore book coaching. A book coach can support you in your writing, developing your book idea, understanding the publishing landscape, developing a book proposal, and more.
- How will you create space and time for your project? Check out this article for thought-starters.
I hope this framework helps you stay excited and energized about your commitment to your book AND gives you the solid foundation you need to get moving forward into doing something about your book!
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