What is holding me back?

Could use some courage…

I need a bit of courage, or a kick up the butt, either will do. I really don’t know what is holding me back.

A few years ago, I came up with an idea for a non fiction book and it’s an idea that keeps bugging me. I’ve investigated different ways of writing it, and came across a book called How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir before Christmas and bought it as a Christmas gift to myself. Blogging this book seems like the way to go.

I have planned out the table of contents and a marketing plan. I’ve even nearly finished the proposal, registered the domain name, and have a draft of a few sections – but there is still something holding me back.

Am I scared of actually putting it out there? Am I scared I will fail… or succeed? Am I worried what others will think? I honestly have no idea.

Tonight I sat down to start writing, but ended up adding to my 365 Picture Book blog, playing games on Facebook, playing with templates on the new blog and generally putting off writing anything on my blogged book.  Oh, and I also did some tasks for my job that I could have put off to tomorrow.

Maybe it has something to do with it feeling “real” – if I actually write it then I’m a real writer instead of just dreaming about it, or even that this book idea will be real if I start getting it out there instead of it just sitting in my head.

Sometimes I think I’m more afraid of success than failure. What will happen if/when this book gets published and I’m being asked to go places to speak about the topic and start making money from my writing, what will happen then?

I hope I’m not alone in this and that other writers out there feel the same at times. Maybe I just need a great big kick to get things happening, to get me to take a leap of faith and put my words out there. I know this book topic will be useful to business owners out there, I just need to write it and get it out there.

Please give me some courage and encouragement to get writing!

Oh, and if you’re interested, the URL is www.fantasticfillers.com – you’re welcome to subscribe to the blog so you know when I actually get started!

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  1. Trust in God and take the step, one foot in front of the other. He’ll never let you deal with anything you can’t handle. Go for it – you’ll bring glory to HIM! xx

  2. Mary Horsfall says:

    You will never know the answers to your questions until you actually write the book. Just do it and cope with/enjoy the results when they arise. Best of luck.

  3. Yes, sometimes there is nothing to fear but fear itself. I have been considering blockers for the last few months, here is my blog about just that: http://mypaperlessphd.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/defining-my-blockers-and-acting-to-eliminate-them/ I am finding that the ‘pomodoro’ technique works for me, and forces me to set myself up for a successful session by turning off email, facebook and even my phone for 25 minutes. The book/blog you are thinking about obviously ‘wants’ to be written, and you have the plan together, it sounds to me like it is time for action! Good luck, I look forward to seeing this develop.

  4. Melissa – You can do this! I am so much like you in that I find other things to do, as my way of procrastinating, and I don’t know if it’s that I am afraid I won’t succeed or afraid I will succeed. You have so much knowledge and skill. I know you are capable of doing this and succeeding fantastically at it!

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