3 Silent Book Killers
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You know how it goes. You have a great book idea, get all excited, start writing, and then it happens. Your enthusiasm for the book begins to leak out like air coming out of a balloon. Soon, there is nothing left of your great idea except guilt and regret.
I’ve seen this happen, both in my writing and in work I do with aspiring authors. There are three silent killers that can easily murder your book idea if you don’t know how to handle them.
1. Isolation– we write in a vacuum. Writing is a solitary business. When you are alone in your office working on your book, you can quickly feel lonesome and isolated, especially if you are the only person you know who is writing a book. You can share your progress or frustrations with friends and family members, but they don’t understand the writing process unless they’ve done it.
2. Boredom– Working away on a book idea for days, months, and even years can get stale. Many writers begin their projects with great enthusiasm, but then the passion wanes about midway through chapter 8.
3. Doubt- Even if you love your book idea at the start of the project, over time, you’ll start to doubt the worthiness of the book concept and your ability to write. Even the most self-confident writers struggle with doubts that sound like this “Nobody will read this thing. I can’t find the right writing voice. There are too many books on this topic already.”
The good news is that if you are experiencing any of these three emotions about your writing, you are normal! I find that comforting. Every writer struggles with isolation, boredom, and doubt. They are part of the creative process.
In my experience, the best cure for these three writing challenges is a community. When you have a group of other writers who will listen to your ideas, catch your passion for your topic and reflect it back to you, give you honest feedback, and encourage you when you start to doubt yourself and your idea, you will find that writing is a much more joyful experience.
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