Advice for Authors
“If you’re stuck in your writing, more than likely, one of the things that you’re doing is you’re overthinking things.” —Azul Terronez
Have you been thinking about writing a book but find yourself stalling repeatedly? Maybe it’s on your bucket list and this is finally the year you’re going to write it, but you’re confused about where and how to start.
On this week’s episode of “Authors Who Lead,” I talk about how authors can overcome the challenges of getting started, finding inspiration, and staying committed to writing.
Just start, whether it’s in a journal or on your computer. Rather than getting caught up in the details of publishing, reviews, or self-publishing, it’s more important to focus on getting the manuscript done. Like clay on a potter’s wheel, the manuscript is the foundational step in the writing process.
Avoid Excessive Research
While research is important, be careful it doesn’t hinder your writing process. There is a difference between writing and research, and it’s better to just get your ideas on paper. You can research once your first draft is finished.
There is value in having someone hold you accountable for your writing goals, whether publicly or through a trusted individual. This person or group can also help you set deadlines and commit to them, which is crucial for progress. I invite you to try out our Authors Who Lead community for support, resources, and inspiration.
In this podcast, I also share:
- How setting deadlines for completing your draft is a powerful motivator
- That it’s important to prioritize your writing to move past the fear of imperfection
- How writers need to embrace their uniqueness and share it with the world
- That your unique voice and perspective are irreplaceable
I’m so grateful that you listened to this podcast. I appreciate anybody who leaves a review; it really helps inspire us to keep contributing and giving content here.
What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? Are you having difficulties finishing or even just starting your first draft? What obstacles seem to be in your way? In the comments, share your biggest obstacles.
That’s all for this week. If you have a message inside you that needs to be written, know that you can write and publish the book that’s been on your heart. Don’t delay—get out of your head, put words on the page today, and make a movement with your message!