To Finish Or Not To Finish?
It is unlikely to feel finished when you are writing a book…as there is always more that we can say. When you are passionate about a topic it oozes from your soul and there is always another paragraph to add or a chapter to enhance, or very often is the case, to “perfect” all of what you have written as the inner critic steps up as it’s about to get “real”.
That is why it’s vital to have deadlines, to have clear goals with finish points and to have a date fixed in your diary where you declare THIS IS DONE.
I may sound like a dragon on occasion
(but promise you that I’m not!) when I get strict on boundaries with clients, but it’s for a very good reason – well many reasons.
When I work with an author client one of my main goals is to help them to reach their outcome: A completed book, within the time frame, written authentically with a clear message to reach a specific reader audience.
When you work without deadlines and boundaries you are opening up both sides to chaos and unmet goals.
The proof is in the pudding, when most people work without a mentor and are self-guided to write their book its either takes a much longer time or the book never gets completed or published. I see it in author groups all of the time…ten years or longer to write a book, I am not kidding. It’s painful to read because they are pained with their writing journey. If you take that long to pen a book, there’s a very good chance that you’ll be a different person from the one that started and have different beliefs, perceptions and messaging.
It really doesn’t have to be hard or long-winded or really complicated but that is down to the author.
If you want help with getting a meaningful non-fiction book DONE then walk my way…