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Many people say they want to write a book, but few actually do it.
- I am not ’an author.’ I’m not good enough. It won’t be any good. People will criticize me and I will feel worthless. No-one wants to hear what I think. I am not ’an author,’ and I am not ’creative’ – how dare I try to be?
- I won’t be able to write prize-winning fiction.
- I don’t have the time or the energy to write. It seems like a lot of hard work. What if I have to work every night and every weekend for months or even years to write this book? Will it be worth the sacrifice?
- I don’t know how to do it or how to even start.
- I don’t know what to write about. There are already enough books on the topic I want to write about.
- I don’t have a writing qualification or degree.
- I don’t know how to get published.
- I won’t make any money or become famous, so what is the point?
- I don’t want people to know that my mind is really like this. If I write it down, they will see the real me and that is scary.
- I’m afraid of failing, of looking stupid. I’m afraid of rejection. What if people don’t like my book? How will I cope with rejection?
- It costs too much money.
- I don’t want the attention. I don’t want to market my book. I just want to live a quiet life and write for myself.
These are valid reasons, but each of them can be overcome. You CAN write your book, and you CAN be published. You just need to make a decision and start the process from Idea to Book.
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