Overcome Three Hurdles to Writing Your Book

Overcome three hurdles to writing your book.

If you are a coach, consultant, online biz owner, or small biz owner, it makes sense to write a book. You have expertise to share with the world and writing a book adds to your professional credibility and increases opportunities. Many of my life coaching clients fit into this category where a book could create a big impact. The most common things I hear from people when they are considering writing a book are:

  • I don’t have enough time
  • I can’t decide on my topic
  • I don’t know where to start

You can write a book fast. I wrote my book, Keys to Living Joyfully, in four weeks. I wrote my Top Life Coaching Tips ebook in one day. I created my 21 day Success Bootcamp ecourse in two weeks. Okay, now I might sound like I am bragging a bit…really, I am just letting you know, that if I can do it fast- so can you.

Here are some quick writing tips:

  • Gather everything you have written already (blogs, newsletters, articles, etc). Look for a theme…could these be compiled into a book? Or could some of them be parts of book chapters.
  • Topic: don’t worry about having to select the one topic that completely defines you as a person. Most people have too many ideas and you really can write more than one book. The idea is to first successfully complete one. You can even create revised editions as you change and grow.
  • Write about what you know the most about and/or are most passionate about.
  • Create a preliminary list of chapters.
  • Clearly write to a person or group of people. Imagine, you are sitting down for coffee..what would you say?
  • When you write…don’t edit until you have completed a chapter. Let your writing flow out…then go back and edit.
  • Write when you are inspired to write. Don’t force it. If you are not inspired, do things that inspire you (listen to music,

Of course there are more tips…and I do teach a write your book fast and fabulously workshop, but just using this list – is a huge step forward and will get you to a finished manuscript, if you are willing to give it a try.

Warmest,
Coach Sheri

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Sheri Kaye Hoff, M.A, CGCL
Life Coach, Author, College Professor
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5 thoughts on “Overcome Three Hurdles to Writing Your Book

  1. It is interesting that you brought up old cemeteries…When my kids and I visited my parents this summer- we walked past an old cemetary that was right in the middle of town and across from a park. We spent over an hour walking through (we were looking for stones of some distant relatives). But I noticed how we would stop and see that a baby had died at a couple of days old- or that husband and wife died together. We somehow felt really connected to all the people’s lives.

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  3. LYNNE LUCIANO

    I am interesting in knowing .what is needed to write my own memoire and how to go about publishing it .i am a new writer and saw your article on publishing a romance novel .I also live in the estates and thought i could drop you a line any help you can give me would be greatly apprieciated and chat .sincerly yours Lynne Luciano

    1. Hi Lynne,
      A couple things I recommend is to keep writing (everyday- at least five days a week), also read quite a few books in your genre (you probably already do), but read for things like- notice what you like, what you don’t like…see if there are other author’s styles that you like. For instance, some go into great details regarding descriptions of places and things- others focus almost completely on the relationships, etc. Not that you copy anyone’s style, but it will give you ideas. I like to write as if I am having coffee with the reader and they are sitting across the table from me. In a memoire, it is very important to be the authentic you- the good and the bad. You can also join groups like SheWrites.com to get some additional support and I do have a workshop coming up that starts on Sept 21… http://www.lifeisjoyful.org/4wkworkshop.html Good luck on your writing- Enjoy the process. Warmest, Sheri

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