When I got the idea for my first book, it took me 3 years before I even started writing it. Then once I started, I wrote the manuscript in 3 weeks!
I went from struggling with fear of failure, discouragement and guilt to now being the author of 10 books, with several more in the works.
But before God gave me a strategy to write (more on that below), I lived in the land of procrastination. I had many good reasons/excuses for not being able to write so I experienced many of these symptoms:
• Feeling overwhelmed
• Not knowing how to get started
• Doubting myself
• Being afraid of actually writing it and sharing it with people
• Having a hard time disciplining myself to write
• Experiencing writer’s block and staring at an empty page
Maybe you can relate, too. In fact, I know you’re not alone.
I know that many of you have felt called to write a book or you’re still sitting on an idea and I want to encourage you: Don’t dismiss that dream.
Because here’s what I discovered: At the root of all of these symptoms and procrastination are lies we believe.
For example, here are some of the most common lies would-be writers often believe about writing a book:
Truth: Don’t be discouraged by the number of books out there—there are none like yours!
While it’s true that some seasons of our lives are busier than others, you are never too busy to capture ideas and thoughts as they come to you.
Bonus Tip: Keep a notebook or use a note app on your mobile device so you can keep all your thoughts and information and things that God gives you all in one place. This way you will be “writing” your book as you go.
Truth: You do not have to strive. God is outside of time so you only need to ask Him to show you how to make time for the things that are important to you.
You may even need to set some new boundaries in your life in this season so you can make time for the new things that God is calling you to do.
Ask yourself: What is one simple thing I can do today so I can get one step closer to writing my book?
Truth: If you have a story or experience that could benefit other people, then you need to share it when God calls you to. Your book may be just the thing they need to get a breakthrough.
I have struggled with ADD and dyslexia, so I know what it’s like to overcome obstacles to writing. But I’m convinced that anyone who wants to write a book can do it—you just need to think outside of your current situation and tap into God’s creative Spirit.
For example, are you better at speaking than writing? Then consider recording the things you want to say. Tell your story to a friend or group of people who will listen and record it. Then you can transcribe and edit it later (or pay someone to do those parts).
Truth: There are many creative ways to get your ideas and message in book form. There is no rule that says you have to do the typing and editing yourself.
I didn’t publish my first book until I was 46 years old. J.R.R. Tolkien was 62 years old when he first published The Lord of the Rings series.
Truth: Whether you are in your 20s or 80s, you are never too old (or too young) to write. Who knows? Your bestseller could be something you write even 10 or 20 years from now!
God is releasing so much new revelation from Heaven right now. Over the next few years, there is going to be a lot of new books coming out and being written. And your book can be one of them.
Truth: With the Internet and the ease of self-publishing, there has never been an opportunity like we have right now to get new books out there.
In Write Your Book Now! I also give you insights on how to publish and promote your book (including how to publish on Kindle).
If you find yourself putting things off, the root of this is often procrastination.
Procrastination is the lie that says putting something off will bring a greater reward than doing it.
But if you really do feel stuck or get writer’s block when you try to write, I have a solution for you.
I am now sharing with you the strategies God gave me to write my books by creating an all-inclusive online training for you. If you want to get your book written, or you know someone who does, then check out Write Your Book Now!
I’m excited to help more people just like you find their life’s message and get their books written and published in this upcoming year!
Doug Addison is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast, and blog. Doug’s message of love, hope and having fun reaches people around the world! His powerfully, positively funny style of teaching and coaching helps open people to discover their destiny and experience God’s supernatural love and power. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California, where he is impacting the arts and entertainment and media industries.