My Top 5 Excuses for Putting Off Writing My Book by Chris Lee
1) I don’t have time.
This was my favorite excuse. I was able to overcome this
excuse by setting aside specific blocks of time to write. I didn’t
always write for my book, and what I wrote was not always
good BUT on a weekly basis, I set aside a block of time for
writing. One of my personal favorite times was early on Sunday
morning. I’d get up around 6 a.m. and I’d have a quiet house for
at least two hours. What’s your favorite time to write?
2) My story isn’t compelling enough.
You may feel this way because you know your story and you
have lived your story, it’s “old-hat” for you. Exactly what is “old-
hat” anyway? Digressing…even if you’ve never been through
a near-death experience or life-changing event, it is still very
likely that you have a compelling or interesting story to tell. What
are some of your favorite childhood memories? What was high
school like for you? Who was your favorite aunt or uncle? Who
was your first true love? There are lots of aspects of your life
that people may find interesting.
3) I don’t have the money to get it published.
Just write and keep writing. This is a very valid concern but not
a reason to put off the writing of your book. Do your homework
in the form of research and join groups on Facebook and
Meetup.com dedicated to supporting authors. Motown Writer’s
Network is one of my favorites. MWN has a monthly meetup
and always offers reasonably priced classes dealing with various
aspects or writing and publishing your book.
Vanity book publishers talk a good game, but most of what they
offer can be done at a much cheaper price if you’re willing to
do some legwork. Createspace.com and Lulu.com are good
resources for authors.
4) Reliving the story will be too painful.
I found myself nearly in tears reliving parts of my accident while
writing the book. The fact that there is pain present simply
means that there is still some emotional healing to be done.
You’re in luck! Writing the story will be very therapeutic for you.
Once I got past the fear of experiencing emotional discomfort,
I found the writing of my book to be a very healing experience.
The pain was only temporary.
5) What if no one buys my book.
Attention! This is your ego talking. Your ego is the main thing
that would be hurt in the very unlikely event that absolutely no
one buys your book. Truth is, if you proceeded forward with a
half-cocked marketing plan you’d still sell some books.
The key is getting in front of people and connecting with them.
When I released my first audio book, most of my sales came
from people that met me and liked me. They didn’t know what
was in the audio book, they just felt as if I was a likeable guy that
had something that may help them. As far as a marketing plan,
Google is the greatest tool ever created, us it to the max.