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Adventures in Book Writing – Being Honest With Myself

A couple months ago, I kicked off “Adventures in Book Writing” as a way for me to publicly update my book writing process as I went along. I haven’t updated in a while because I’ve had nothing to say.

And that’s a big problem.

I haven’t made any progress. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Goose egg. Nothing.

I haven’t developed characters. I haven’t even named them. I am no closer than when I wrote the first update. That’s why I’m writing this post – I’m confessing the truth, and it is a genuine update on the progress of my book.

Why am I admitting this?

You know the old saying: “The first step in fixing a problem is admitting that you have one.”

I’ve fallen into the old Blame Game trap repeatedly in my head:

  • “You keep running out of time.”
  • “Your brain just isn’t working that early in the morning.”
  • “This copywriting work is keeping me too darn busy.”

And so on. I haven’t been harsh with myself. I’ve just been treading water in hopes that some day I will just wake up and want to write this book.

Except I know it’s not going to happen that way. The work isn’t going to find me. I need to go out and get it.

How I’m going to fix it

I get up at 5:00am every day now. I stumble downstairs, tell my cats to shut up (they don’t get fed until 5:30am), and eat breakfast. I read a bit (when I should be studying copy first and foremost), then go upstairs to shower and get ready for the day.

If I want this book to be done, I need to build some momentum and come out of the gate swinging. From now on, my wake-up routine is going to look like this:

  1. Get up at 5:00am.
  2. Stumble downstairs, binder in hand, and tell cats to shut up.
  3. Make breakfast.
  4. Open binder, study copy. No tablets, no phones, no Kindles. Just studying.
  5. Go upstairs and shower/change.
  6. Sit down for one hour and do absolutely nothing except work on the book.

If I stick to that schedule, I’ll be done with two of the more challenging parts of my day (studying copy and working on the book) by 7:30am. It’s all part of eating that lousy frog.

I’ll check back here in a few weeks to update my progress and see if it works or not. But I need to start prioritizing the act of showing up.

Are there areas in your life where you’ve been absent? How are you going to start showing up?

book writing, procrastination