I run a busy ghostwriting practice, and wish had a dollar for every person who’s ever said to me: I’m going to write a book when I:
have more time
start working part-time
start working from home
take my sabbatical
take a course
If you don’t start writing your book now, it will never happen.
Here’s how I know. None of the people who made comments like the ones above have EVER completed a book.
A friend who’s an editor quit her job last year, just to write her book. After 20 years of reading and editing, she said she’s got all the inspiration in the world. She knows what not to write. :-)
She and her family moved to the Blue Mountains, to get way from the city. We chatted online and on the phone, and finally we had lunch last week.
I didn’t mention her book at all; if it’s going well, I thought, she’ll tell me.
After telling me about the clubs she’s joined, her kitchen renovation, and their new pool, she mentioned her book. She hasn’t started it. Her eldest daughter is on her gap year. So the whole family’s going to the UK for a month in August. She’ll get to the book next year, she says, when she has more time. She knows that the UK will trip inspire her to start writing.
Obviously, my friend isn’t ready to write her book. I wish she’d write it, because I want to read it. I know when to keep my mouth shut, however. We’ve been friends for a long time; she’s edited several books I’ve ghostwritten, so she knows that “next year” is code for “I don’t want to write this and no one can make me.”
A ghostwriter forces you to “write” your book
That’s the big benefit of working with a ghostwriter. Your book gets done. It’s your ghostwriter’s job to get the material out of you, so that he/ she can write it.
Here are some tips to help you to write, if you’re procrastinating on a book:
- Sneak up on it
Make a deal with yourself to spend five minutes every day on your book. You don’t even have to spend those five minutes writing. Just sit at your desk, and doodle if you like, but carve five minutes out of your day, and reserve them for your book.
- Play with titles
Titles are fun. There’s a great title for your book somewhere in your subconscious mind. If you find it, your book will almost write itself, because it’s the “hook” that will drag your book into the light of day.
- Write elsewhere
I can’t write fiction in my office. Usually I prop myself up in bed to write novels. First drafts are always on Rhodia pads, written with a Pelikan fountain pen, with J. Herbin ink. (I’m a fountain pen and ink fan.) For second drafts, I take myself along to the library, or to a coffee shop.
Try several different locations for writing your book. Eventually, the words will start to flow.
The hardest part of writing your book is getting started. So, start. :-)