Have you ever dreamed of writing a book but not got any further than dreaming? Then you are in good company, over 80% of Americans and probably a similar percentage in the UK would like to write a book.
With so many people wanting to write a book and the emergence of self-publishing and hybrid publishers (of which Goldcrest Books is one) to help them why are so many people still dreaming instead of writing?
Let’s examine the top 5 myths that stop your book being written
I can’t write a book because…
I’m not clever enough
I don’t have anything to say
I don’t know where to start
I’d never find the time
I’d never get it finished
Let’s just look at each of these myths and bust them apart right now!
Myth One: I’m not clever enough
Really? You mean you have been running your own business and have no idea what you are doing or why you are doing it? Do your clients tell you they are not satisfied with what you have done for them?
Who told you that you’re not clever enough?
Reality is, no one has told you, that is your inner voice, the monkey on your shoulder. Whatever you want to call it, the only person holding you back is YOU! So ‘I’m not clever enough’ is not an excuse!
Myth Two: I don’t have anything to say
Really? So you never blog or share what you can do on your website? When you talk to people you just talk about the weather, do you? I bet you are passionate about your work and what you do and I bet that you like to give advice or share your knowledge. What might seem like nothing much to you can be so valuable to others – your clients will tell you that. Don’t underestimate the value of the knowledge you take for granted. Everyone has something to say, so Myth 2 is busted!
Myth Three: I don’t know where to start
Ok, it could seem pretty daunting at first, the thought of writing a whole book. But you can get help. A book coach can guide you through the process. Some of the ladies I coach don’t have any idea at all when we begin but after a couple of sessions they are up and running with their idea and loving it. There are online courses if you prefer or workshops and books. And remember you are not writing ‘War and Peace’ – the length of your book is not important, it is the quality of the content that matters. If you really want to start then you will find a way.
Myth Four: I’d never find the time
Again, here a book coach can help you carve out time in your day to put aside for your writing. If you already have a business coach then he or she will know the huge value a book can have for your business and will help and encourage you to find the time. It is that old saying ‘where there is a will, there is a way’. If you really want to write your book then you will find the time. Perhaps this isn’t really the reason you have not written your book, perhaps you are still hung up on the first myth which we have already busted! So, no excuse!
Myth Five: I’d never get it finished
This is where a writing buddy and/or book coach can be very useful. Keeping you accountable and spurring you on when you feel like you are flagging.
If you choose a subject that you are passionate about none of these myths should stop you writing your book. The dictionary definition of a myth is ‘a widely held belief or idea’ so you see the clue is in the name. If you have valuable information and expertise that would help others then you owe it to yourself, and them, to get writing and share what you know. That’s what I tell the ladies I coach and I am delighted when we get to the stage where their first paperback is coming off the press. That truly is an amazing feeling.
Sarah Houldcroft, the founder of Goldcrest Books, has been working with authors for many years. She has a background in sales and marketing as well as publishing, is tech-savvy and as an avid reader brings a new perspective to the publishing process.
Her writing workshops and publishing programmes have been very well received and she is often asked to speak at events, writers’ days, webinars and take part in Facebook Lives.