This is the beginning of week nine of my 12-week Self-Publishing School course on writing a book. To date, I have written about 6,000 words of my very first book, which I hope will be closer to 25,000 words when it’s finished.
Boy, this is frustrating. I’m back to second-guessing the outline of the book. If I am going to get the book completed by 1 June 2015 (emphasis on the ‘2015’), a final decision regarding the outline needs to be made this week. And by this week, I mean this week – I promise.
Before I started writing a book, I used to think of the concept of ‘writer’s block’ very differently. I pictured a poor writer sitting in front of a computer screen, staring at a blank page. In my mind, the writer wanted to write, but nothing was coming. They felt so stifled they couldn’t even get a single word down on paper (or, shall I say, down on ‘screen.’).
That’s not how writer’s block has manifested for me at all, but my problem is just as frustrating! I can clearly see how this kind of block could stall the dreams of a lot of would-be authors.
I often look outside of myself for help with various areas of my business, thinking I can’t (or shouldn’t) do the work by myself. I’m a big fan of outsourcing and am always advising my clients to outsource business-related tasks to OBMs, VAs, designers, and so on.
But I knew that I needed to write this book myself. That need has created a very interesting dilemma.
Because I’ve decided to take on this monumental task myself, and not outsource the writing of my book to a ghostwriter or other writing professional, I’m at the mercy of my own personal blocks. The buck stops with me, and it seems that I’ve been using the lack of a firm outline as an excuse to delay the process and not continue writing.
When I first began this process, I never could have foreseen this particular issue popping up, so it’s been a real challenge figuring out how to overcome it. I guess being aware of the problem is the first step to solving it, right?
In the meantime, I have written a few more words (maybe 1,000) and continue to be quite excited about the book and the project as a whole. As we move from April into May and I face just another 30 days to get this done, it’s become clear to me that I have to take action and push forward, regardless of how I feel about the dang outline.
While it’s tempting to delay the June 1st finish date because I’m behind where I thought I’d be by now, I refuse to do so. I’m going to keep the end date firm as a way to motivate myself to move past this whole outline business and get back to writing!
The next time I write here on the blog, I fully expect to be well on my way, having surpassed 10,000 words.
I remain fully committed to having the book written by 1 June 2015.
p.s. If you’re interested in writing a book too, be sure to check this blog regularly to follow my journey. You can also get more information on the Self-Publishing School course I’m taking by clicking here.
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