four lies that hold you from writing a ebook
There is a book in you.
There must be. Why else are you reading a post about writing a book?
Getting the book out is of course the extremely difficult part. The words don't come out the way we imagine. The time to write shortens as life gets busier.
And so many questions annoy us – so many lies that we tell ourselves to avoid the challenge ahead.
But you have to write your book. It's one of the biggest driving forces in your life.
4 lies that keep you from writing your book
Before you can begin, you must face and reject the four lies that have likely stopped you from writing the book of your dreams. Address these lies head on and replace them with the truth:
1. It has to be long
How long should a novel be? Is there an exact number of words or pages for it to be successful?
This question can certainly stop us. The idea of writing a novel always seems enormous, like climbing the highest mountain in the world.
However, there is no rule about how long the book has to be. That's up to you.
Sure, there are genre-specific suggestions for word count. The good news is that most of them are lower than you might think! Especially if you're a new writer, agents and editors want to see how much story you can tell in fewer words, which saves on publishing costs.
There is no such thing as an absolute book length that works. Of Mice and Men are 30,000 words long while A Game of Thrones is 300,000 words.
It's up to you and your creative process. So don't let false expectations and fears tell you that your book isn't long enough to count.
2. I have to find out the story
This lie is crippling. It takes perfection even before we even begin.
However, it is impossible to know exactly how our stories will play out before we have written them. Any attempt at a story encounters surprises and obstacles. Our plans, no matter how extensive, are always not implemented the way we imagined.
It's natural – and it's really, really good!
But our inner perfectionist makes impossible demands. It suggests that deviating from your plan is somehow a failure.
But that's a lie! Creativity is deviating from the plan! It's about finding solutions when logic and order don't work!
While having a plan and knowing where your story is going in general is extremely wise, don't give up on your book dream just because you haven't created it yet!
Of course, it's good to have a plan for your book. But don't let fear of the unknown end of your story stop you from getting started!
3. I'm starting, but I won't finish
My favorite Shakespeare play is Macbeth, which contains one of my favorite storytelling devices: self-fulfilling prophecy. By resisting the witches, Macbeth produces his own tragic fate.
Unfortunately, this trope extends to real life, especially with artists like us. We long for something, but we fear that we lack the discipline or talent to finish something good.
So let's give up before we even start. Hence the self-fulfilling prophecy.
Don't let this lie seduce you. It's especially seductive because it gives a sense of false control: "If I don't start, I won't fail," it continues.
To achieve your dream of writing a book, you need to make a commitment to graduation no matter what. Even if you fall off the cart for a season, you can still get back into the writing groove.
But you have to start first.
4. Nobody will read it
This is similar to the previous lie because it speaks a prophecy that we ourselves fulfill. "Nobody will read it, so I just won't write it," we think to ourselves.
What a tragic lie! Our struggling self-confidence leads to noticeable failure when we do nothing!
We still have no way of knowing who will read or buy our book. We just can't. By the time we finish writing, our life situation will have changed because time flies.
But I'll say this: Very few people actually fulfill the obligation to write a book.
Most of them line and slap and mumble about "wishes" and "one day". Very few actually do.
When you write a book, you will win over readers, especially as you serve those readers along the way.
A popular way to write a book is blogging, as Andy Weir did with The Martian. He posted chapter by chapter on his website and slowly gained a following. While it is certainly a rare and privileged case, it shows how giving and serving with our writing can solve our readership problem.
Commit to your book
There is a book in you. That is why you are on this website looking for help with writing.
Whether it is 100 words a day, 500 or 1000, make a commitment to work on your book every day.
Join a community, e.g. B. a local group of authors, becoming writers or the 100-day book program. Hold yourself accountable by joining other writers who have a dream similar to yours.
But whatever you do, you own the reality that you are a writer with a dream. Inside you is a book that longs to be written. It will not be easy. It never is.
But it's beautiful and absolutely worth it.
Own the reality that you are a writer with a dream. Inside you is a book that longs to be written. It won't be easy – but it will be beautiful and worth it.
Campaign for your book today and begin the journey that will change your life forever!
Did you commit to writing your book? Let us know in the comments below how you keep up with your engagement!
Start (or keep working) for fifteen minutes on the book idea you signed up to. When you're done, share your writing in the comments. Let us know what your biggest challenge was in maintaining your dedication to this book and how you met the challenge! And if you share, be sure to leave feedback for your co-writers!
You deserve a great book. This is why David Safford writes adventure stories that you cannot write down. Read his latest story on his website. David is a language teacher, writer, blogger, hiker, Legend of Zelda fanatic, puzzler, husband, and father to two great kids.