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Are You Beating Yourself Up About Writing a Book?

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I recently heard from a Bring Your Book to Life graduate who did not complete her book in the 8-12 weeks prescribed in the course–several years ago. She’d been beating herself up for years about it. But all that time, she’s been working on her book–and continuing to refer to the course materials and the notes I gave her about editing her work.

And I know she’s writing one heck of an amazing book. Her book required time to reflect, for her views to evolve, for research to catch up with what she knew, and–who knows? I believe in divine timing. This is what it takes to write her unique book.

Everyone’s different. Yes, Bring Your Book to Life is designed to help someone complete a first draft of a how-to or self help book in 8-12 weeks, starting from scratch–and many people accomplish that. Some people take longer. Some a little quicker. In the last class, someone completed two terrific books in that 8 weeks–one simple book and one quite complex.

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Schedules and deadlines should empower you. They can create structure to keep you engaged and in action. They do not serve you when they make you feel guilty, ashamed or like a failure. It may seem like a fine line between excuses (why I didn’t get to my writing) and truth (I write regularly; I’m just taking a longer time to get this book written than planned).

Write regularly, find ways to stay accountable, develop a writing structure–and you will finish your book in the right timing for you. But don’t beat yourself up if it takes longer than planned…just keep writing.

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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  1. evelyneholingue says

    So good to read this post today since I am currently taking more time than I originally thought I would need to finish the first draft of a novel. Time works differently for each of us and also greatly depends on our lives. In other words we may be more productive and creative when we are younger or have more free time, or when our kids are young or older. Lives are journeys and the steps along the trip vary so does writing.
    Thank you for sharing an inspirational post.

  2. susie klein says

    Thank you Lisa, this post has brought tears to my eyes because it describes me exactly. My book has morphed into something better, deeper and richer than it began 2 years ago due to changes in my own life. It is a nonfiction inspirational and I have had to “get real” in order to put the words on the page. I use your help all the time and I am so thankful for what you offer us! Thank you, Susie Klein

    • Lisa Tener says

      Wow, Susie,
      I guess this post was written for you! I so appreciate your letting me know the impact it had. And I’m glad you can appreciate the depth and expansion that’s taken place to make your book deeper and richer.

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