How many times have you wondered if you are good enough to write a book?
Notice I didn’t ask if you’ve wondered that. Almost everyone has. Not only have we all wondered it, but we’ve also all worried about it at times. That’s thanks to our old buddy impostor syndrome.
Good enough to write a book
Impostor syndrome makes everyone worry that they’re not good enough to write a book. You are good enough to do this. You have tons of knowledge. Years of experience flavor your life. You want to help people. You care, and people will be able to tell that when they read your writing.
Whether or not you want to make money with your book (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to make money with your book), you want to make a difference with it. You are good enough to write a book.
Whether or not you’ve written professionally before doesn’t matter. Everyone starts somewhere, and you can start by working for yourself and serving your audience in a way that you want to. You don’t have to have professional writing experience.
Your spelling and grammar skills don’t matter, either—as long as you’re willing to hire editors, which is what all smart authors do. If you have ideas and you can get them onto “paper” in some way, I am willing to bet that you are good enough to write a book.
But you say you don’t know how to organize a book? That’s okay. That’s what an outline is for, and there are several ways to go about that.
If you have a solid recipe to follow, like the one you’ll find in Your Book Bakery: Making it easy to write a book, then, when you first start, you don’t need to know anything about writing a book.
In that book, just like in my book-writing program, we start from scratch and go through the process together. As long as you have a message you want to share and as long as you keep your promises, that book is for you.
Not making progress on my writing
Most people can give plenty of reasons why they are not writing as much as they think they should be. They say things like this:
- There’s no room in my schedule for writing. I don’t have time to write.
- I don’t know what to do.
- Shiny objects lure me away every time.
- Netflix is too tempting, and I just have to binge watch ___.
- Too many other important things crowd it out, and then I’m too tired.
Most people blame others, their environment, job, or the perceived difficulty of the task.
Some accept responsibility in a way that would make my friend John G. Miller smile.
I respect them.
John’s the author of QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, a book about personal accountability. Their list of reasons/excuses might look like this.
- I overschedule myself and don’t prioritize writing.
- I don’t know what to do.
- I allow shiny objects to distract me.
- I choose to binge watch instead of write.
- I don’t make time for writing, and then I tell myself I’m too tired to write.
Notice that those sentences start with “I.” The people who say these things might have the same types of barriers or situations to deal with as the people who don’t accept responsibility, but the way they word their statements is different.
The importance of word choice
Words are important. They have meaning, and meaning affects things.
The way we frame things matters. It can completely change the meaning of and the way we feel about so many things.
You’ve heard people say, “I have some good news and some bad news.” Well, you are going to have to change some behavior if you want to achieve your goals and write your book.
The good news is I can help you do that. The great news is it does not have to be torture. In fact, it can be a lot of fun.
You might get hooked on writing. You might even decide to join one of my group-coaching programs or the sprints, and we’ll become buddies. Sound like fun?
Start with this book.