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Why is it so Hard to Write a Book?

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It’s not hard for everyone to write a book, but I’d say in most cases it’s not exactly a walk on the beach. Yet, even conservative polls seem to indicate that more than half the population wants to write a book.

So, we don’t they? I think there are, of course, many reasons, but one reason I find so interesting is that, in my experience, writing a book  transforms your world. You’re just not the same person you were when you move from aspiring author to published author.

To write a book and reach your vision of playing big in the world, making an impact, sharing your light, letting it shine forth radiantly–that’s radical. And you need to expand as a person in many ways to make that happen.

You find yourself claiming your power, admitting you do know something, sharing your gifts, showing yourself as the expert or creative person you are.

And that can be a bit scary. For some people, it requires going against everything their parents and society taught them. It may not even feel safe to play so big. And so they retreat to a corner and their book remains unwritten, or half written, or written but unpublished.

My client, Janet Crain, flourished when she published her book, If You Want an Eggroll, Get Out of the Pizzeria.

On the other hand, I’ve seen people come to me who couldn’t write very well–and they knew it–who had a burning passion. They soaked up the rules of good writing and their writing flourished. Once they published their book they had to actually market it. Another hurdle.

Yet, I’ve seen reluctant marketers surprised by how much they enjoy the process of getting the word out. They meet new people; they feel inspired; they get turned on to new ideas and become even more creative.

In short, their world changes.

So, how do you start changing your world? I’d like to invite you to a free teleseminar I’m teaching tonight: Write Your Book: The First 5 Steps. It will get you started so you can shine forth as the radiant person and author  you are meant to be.

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Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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