Help! I’ve Hit the Wall (and my book isn’t finished!)

“Cathy, I don’t think I can look at my book another minute,” were a client’s opening words to me on a recent coaching call.

“I get it,” I confided. “I’ve been there many times myself.”

“So what can I do?”

I thought about my response, and shared with her a number of ideas that I’m sharing here.

First, don’t despair! Feeling sick and tired of your book is normal. In fact, think about any huge task you’ve undertaken and you’ve likely felt the same. One of my authors shared on a coaching call that as a marathon runner, he’s called this the 80% mark. “This is the point where fatigue sets in and you honestly don’t think you can run another step.”

But you have more, and the idea is to find your reserve energy and motivation.

I suggest returning to the initial reason you’re writing this book. Tap into the need for your book by writing (or rewriting) a letter from your reader to you. In other words, you tap into the needs, concerns, and frustrations felt by your readers/clients and come from that place of urgency. This can often tap into your own sense of urgency about this book (since your book is always important but rarely urgent!).

Another exercise is to write rave reviews from your readers that detail how the book has made a difference for them. Getting clear on the value your book provides will rekindle your energy for getting it done.

A third exercise is to write statements, or an entire story, visioning what your life is like now that you’re a published author. Are you attracting more clients, making a bigger impact, changing the world?

You may find that giving yourself a time-out for a specific period of time is helpful. Looking at your book with fresh eyes can renew your spirit, and can give you an opportunity to restore and refresh.

Don’t forget to involve the help and support of others—future readers, current clients, and fellow writers. Put “Author of the forthcoming book . . .” on your email signature, in your speaker introductions, and on your social media profiles to engage others to cheer you on.

Feeling discouraged? Push on! Surrounding yourself with cheerleaders who love you and who support your writing may be just what you need. Being a part of a writing group or group coaching program may provide you with the team you need to finish your project.

If you’re a person of faith, get on your knees and pray! Let your entire support team know that you need help!

I’ve been there many times—with each book project. You can do it! I know you can.

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