Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Winning the Procrastination Battle Over Writing Your Book

Do you often find yourself putting off writing your book even though you know this is a major goal you want to accomplish?
While you may want to become a published author, don’t be surprised if you become frustrated with yourself because it hasn’t yet happened. You may see other writers making progress and wonder why you can’t. Well, you don’t have to wonder any more. 
It’s time to stop the procrastination and get down to writing your book! Easier said than done, right? Well, before you get started, ask yourself these questions:
1.Do you really want to take on this project? 
2. Is there a common thread running through writing and other tasks you are putting off? 
3. Are you afraid to fail?
Fear of failure can stop you dead in your tracks even though everyone fails sometimes. It can interfere with you completing your book. While you want your book to be a success, don’t set yourself up for failure by setting your standards too high. For instance, don’t be disappointed if your first book doesn’t make it to The New York Times Bestseller List!  Unrealistically high standards– perfectionism–can immobilize you. 

So, what can you do to get overcome fear and write your book?
You may want to explore a special event that is now underway. November is “National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo),” an annual event in which writers worldwide set a goal of writing a $50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. 
Not only will you have hundreds of thousands of other writers working toward the same goal, you will receive daily encouragement, ideas and opportunities to ask other writers for advise and share with others what you have learned. Last year, NaNoWriMo welcomed 431,626 participants in 633 different regions on six continents. To find out more about NaNoWriMo, click HERE.
Says Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo, “Too many people think they’re not a ‘creative type,’ but to be human is to be a ‘creative type’. NaNoWriMo teaches you to believe that your story matters, to trust the gambols of your imagination, and to make the blank page a launching pad to explore new universes. That’s important because when we create, we cultivate meaning. Our stories remind us that we’re alive, and what being alive means,” 
NaNoWriMo is described as a “fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing”; however, you may not want to participate. If you don’t, then find something that works best for you to overcome procrastination and move forward to complete your book!

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