9 Myths that Block You From Completing Your Book Fast, p2

Many speakers, consultants, and small business owners alike
feel confident with communicating their message orally. They can
spout their message in an elevator speech with the accuracy of a
scientist. But when it comes to putting it on paper, some grown
men & women end up crying like a baby.

Through speaking and writing, I have discovered 9 myths that
often block others from writing their best book now. I promise.
It’s not hard once you know exactly what to do. Successful
writers set up a system of writing. Destroy these myths and
setup your system of writing with nine easy solutions.

Myth #5 I am stuck. I have to stop writing until I feel it again.

Unseasoned writers may play the martyr and push through just to
put something on paper or give up and try again another day. We
would never get it done like that. When you get stuck simply
close that chapter and pull out your chapter outline and choose
another chapter. If you have been following this program, you
have listed main points for each chapter. Select a topic from
that chapter and begin there.

Solution: To maintain your momentum keep your writing
commitments. Go around writer’s block by working on another
chapter. For example, while writing this book in one of my
writing sessions, I wanted to finish my fourth chapter on titles
but I ran into a writer’s block. Instead of breaking my
momentum, I came down to chapter eight about easy writing and
began there. I was able to complete my time commitment of one
hour and keep my momentum.

Myth #6 I just write whatever comes to my head and there’s no
need to re-write.

My editor will handle all that. It’s o.k. to free write when
you are working on your first draft. The idea is go get the
thoughts out of your head onto paper. For no one can express it
quite like you. Oh sure, there are some better or worse writers
but not exactly like you.

I know this may not feel good to some but its smacks of plain
ole laziness if you don’t work on making your copy the best it
can be. Don’t leave all the dirty work for your editor unless
you really can’t do any better.

Solution: Successful authors rewrite and organize their ideas
for the most impact. Avoid re-writing during your first draft.
Concentrate on finishing each chapter then you’re your tracking
time to self-edit: Check your ideas for flow, grammar, spelling,
and chapter endings. Work on your chapter titles and lead in
introductions.

Myth #7 I have to do it all myself.

Do your research and reading time apart from your writing
sessions. You may be able to ask your spouse, a teen-aged son or
daughter, a friend to help with your research. Know when to let
go of your chapters and book. Don’t self-edit and pick your book
apart word by word. Learn to use your skills at the highest
level possible. Some of the mechanical tasks of proofreading ask
a family member, part-time employee or again a friend to help.

Solution: After using your skills at the highest level, learn
to delegate faster and faster. Do the best job you can with your
manuscript, and then don’t be afraid to pass it to a
professional.

Myth #8 I don’t know anything about computers so pecking my
book out would probably take forever.

Don’t run from technology. At least take the time to learn
about the shortcuts in your current software. Welcome to the new
millennium! Embrace technology make your software work
efficiently for you.

Solution: Value your time. Learn how to do it easier and faster.

Myth #9 Computer crashes, loss of information would never
happen to me.

If you have been computing long, you know computer crashes or
loss of data can happen to anyone. Don’t take the chance of
losing your hard work. Print out and back up daily.

Solution: Develop the habit now to save your work and print
daily. Save your manuscript to an alternate space. Use a floppy
diskette or burn a cd/dvd. Safeguard your time investment backup
today and every day.

Writing a book is a journey. Most journeys go so much smoother
with a map or in our case a writing plan. Taking the simple
steps above will get you started fast and keep you going to
completion. Start today then complete and release your
significant message in a book to the world.