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Grappling with Your Book Concept and Other Writing Challenges

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Working on Teri’s book concept during her VIP Day.

I love this time of year. As I gear up for teaching my Bring Your Book to Life® Program, several early-bird registrants have had their first book concept consultation this week. Common themes emerge—perhaps some themes you are grappling with yourself:

  • “Who am I to write a book? Can I do this? Will anyone read it?”
  • “I’m not even sure what this book is. It feels so vague right now.”
  • “Who’s my target market? Moms? Business owners? I can’t decide.”
  • “I have so many ideas. What’s the right one?”
  • “How do I find my voice as a writer? How do I make this book stand out from everything else out there? Is there a way to find my essence as a writer?”

These are all great questions to be asking. And, yet, if you ask them from a place of fear, or wanting to control the process or a sense of rigidity, they will muddle everything. If you think there is one right answer and you need it now, you push the clarity away. If you ask from a place of openness and curiosity, of ease and gentleness, not needing an immediate answer, you draw the clarity to you.

You will get clear. Maybe not right way. You may need to play around, experiment, trust.

And then, it will come.

Book Writing Advice

Be relaxed. Stay open and curious.

So much of the time, we are in our heads when thinking about our books—overthinking. Our best writing comes from our hearts. I don’t mean fluffy or vague ooey-gooey writing. Just writing from a place where you embody your book, your stories, your teachings, your wisdom and knowledge.

You may want to practice walking in nature, running, qigong, tai chi, yoga, dance, lifting weights or meditation before writing. In that way, you tap into a more expansive sense of who you are and your connection to all that is. You can let go of the part of the mind that strives and embrace the part of you that exists in a state of flow.

Try it! And feel free to share any practices that help you get clarity. Or ask any questions you have about writing a book.



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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