Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What Gets In The Way Of Writing?

 What Gets In The Way Of Writing?

There are many reasons that writing can be a challenge, and two of them relate to FEAR:

1) FEAR- fear of finishing the book, the report, or the presentation...the fear of letting go
2) FEAR- fear of success
..... if you don't finish then you don't have to fear success or failure stated Catharine Bramkamp a recent guest on my Your Book as a Business Radio Show (see link to listen below)

Do you love a good book?
Is it your passion to write a great book?
Maybe you want to share your expert knowledge and expertise with the world?
And, maybe you have a story stuck inside your head....that needs some help to get to written form.
 Many business owners, entrepreneurs, speakers and trainers could more easily share their message with the world, if they had a book.  In fact, sometimes the content is all there....it just needs some help getting into a book format.

Writer's block can be overcome by these strategies suggested by Catharine:

1) Set aside 25 minutes each day and write (avoid falling into the "I'll just write all day Saturday" thinking. As on Saturday you may well find all kinds of distractions to keep you from writing).
2) Find an editor to help outline where there are gaps or repetition in your writing, when the flow or story line is not clear, etc.
3) Work with a writing coach.

The work for an author really begins once the books arrive.

 Once your report is done or your book is written, there is still more action to take. If you have written a report, consider how and who you will share it with. If you have completed a book, and you have opened the boxes,  it is time to start marketing and promoting your book.  Here are a few tips that Catharine and I discussed on our show:

- Build relationships- this is essential in creating a buzz about your book, and a platform for you as a writer
- Learn how to use social media correctly, and at minimum be on Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and You Tube, and have a blog.
- Be authentic in everything you do, and everything you write. Remember, people connect with stories, it makes it relatable for the audience and reader. And, stories help build connections.

Check out more tips on writing at www.howtosellandmarketyourbook.com

You can find out more about Catharine at:
www.newbiewriters.com and www.YourBookStartsHere.com

Listen to our interview at: Your Book as a Business Radio: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/your-book-as-a-business/2012/10/06/guest-catharine-bramkamp

 Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach and author.  She holds two degrees in English and Creative Writing and is an adjunct professor of writing. Her book – Don’t Write Like You Talk launched her coaching business and remains a powerful promotion tool for speaking engagements as well as attracting new clients. Her current projects include the Real Estate Diva Mystery Series and the poetry collection Ammonia Sunrise.   Contact her at   www.YourBookStartsHere.com

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