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Don't Let Procrastination Stop Your From Writing Your Book
by Alyice Edrich
Copyright © 2004, Alyice Edrich
Procrastination has been the name of the game when it comes to
finishing my latest book. While I am usually not a procrastinator, my new
project had me frozen in my tracks for nearly a year.
After trying every writer's block tool under the sun, I still couldn't shake the
procrastination. I wasn't sure what was causing me to put off my latest book
project, but the more I thought about the book, the more I didn't want to write
The worst part was that everything for completing the project was right in my
head. There wasn't much research to be done because this particular topic was
one that I dealt with on a daily basis. So all I really had to do was write,
edit, and write some more.
Yet, the more I talked about my book with colleagues, friends, and family, the
more I found myself turned off. And the more I tried to force myself to sit down
and write, the more I found myself with an overwhelming sensation of anxiety.
Then a colleague pointed out the obvious, I had stage fright! I had written
seven books, publish a weekly e-zine, and run a successful online publication.
What could be causing stage right, I wondered?
I pondered that revelation for three weeks when the underlying problem finally
revealed itself to me.
I began writing this new book when the only book available on this subject was
via electronic download and that book was selling for $295! Since I started
writing my book, there have been several, more affordable books written on the
same topic which meant I had a lot of competition. Truth be told, I've never
read the other books, but I have read their sales copy all claiming to make tens
of thousands of dollars per month doing the exact same thing I was writing
Why would someone read a book from me? I thought. Sure, I am making good money
doing exactly what I want to teach others, but why would they buy from me when
it's obvious these authors are making millions doing the same thing?
And that's when it hit me. I wasn't writing a book to compete with these
authors. While my book would, in essence compete with the other books on the
market, I was writing a book for people like me. I was writing a book for the
average Joe. I was writing a book for someone who wants to earn a living from
home, while still having quality time to spend with their families. I wasn't
writing a book to make someone a millionaire. I was writing a book to help make a
difference in someone's life.
So the next time you find yourself procrastinating on a writing assignment, you
might want to take the time to evaluate the real reason behind your
procrastination. You just never know what you'll learn, or what will break that
so-called writer's block once and for all.
Alyice Edrich is an affordable
freelance writer specializing in how-to articles and Q&A interviews for the Web.
To view her freelance writing rates, or to hire her for your next writing
project, visit http://alyiceedrich.net.
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