3 Reasons Why Most People Who Say They Want to Write a Book Will Never Write One

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Almost everyone has dreams of writing a book some day.

Yet for most people this will never become more than a dream.

And thousands of others who do manage to START writing their book will give up midway through and never finish writing it.

So Why Don’t More People Write a Book?

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As a published author and a writing coach, I’ve discovered there are basically 3 reasons most writers give up on their dream of one day writing a book:

1. Wanna be authors think their book has to be one of the best books ever written.

This is a lot of pressure for any writer, much less a first time author.

No one could measure up to this, so it’s safer and easier to give up before ever starting.

But the truth is, published authors simply try to write the very best book they can write.

They don’t worry about it being one of the best books ever written.

2. Wanna be authors figure they really don’t have anything new and different to say that hasn’t already been written about before in other books.

That old saying, “There is nothing new under the sun”, is true.

So published authors don’t worry that someone else may have written a book about the same topic they wish to write about.

Instead, they try to give their book a unique “spin” on the topic.

That means they write about it in a somewhat unique way.

3. Wanna be authors think writing should be easy.

If it isn’t, that means they weren’t meant to be a writer.

When they start writing, and the writing becomes difficult, they figure they must not be cut out to be an author.

Writing is a craft and it is often just plain hard work even for the best of writers.

In fact, good writing is usually good rewriting, so most of the well-known authors work hard at their writing.

They write, then rewrite and rewrite until they get the work just right.

If they stopped when the writing got difficult, they’d never publish anything either.

As you can probably tell by now, each of these 3 reasons for giving up on writing a book is merely an excuse for not following through on a dream.

If you dream of writing a book someday, don’t expect to write one of the best books ever written.

Don’t worry that you have nothing new to say.

Just try to say it in a new way.

And, most importantly, don’t expect the writing to be so easy that there’s nothing to it.

Just keep plugging along and eventually you’ll have a finished manuscript you can be proud of.

Try it!

The Working Writer’s Coach

P.S. If you’re ready to stop making excuses and write your book, I can help.

Register for my Quick-Start Coaching Intensive and I’ll help you write your book in the next 120 days!

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8 Comments to “3 Reasons Why Most People Who Say They Want to Write a Book Will Never Write One”

  1. admin says:

    Hi, Anjali,

    Yep. No excuses. Just get your writing done!

    All the best,

    Suzanne Lieurance

  2. admin says:


    All writers doubt themselves at one time or another. The published ones just keep on going.

    Good luck with your writing!

    Suzanne Lieurance

  3. admin says:

    Hi, Carol,

    The more books you write, the easier the process becomes.

    Thanks for commenting.

    Suzanne Lieurance

  4. admin says:

    Hi, Jan,

    The info. for the 5-month coaching program is a pdf file, which you should be able to open. I’ll send it to you directly. You mention you probably won’t be able to afford it becuase you don’t make much, well, you need to change all that. There’s no reason you shouldn’t be making LOTS as a writer! We’ll talk more about this in next month’s teleclass at the first of the month.

    Thanks for commenting.

    Suzanne Lieurance

  5. Jan Parys says:

    Can’t use the link for details on coaching for a book for 5 months. Click to get a message that the webpage isn’t available. Probably can’t afford it as I spend too much and don’t make much.

  6. Thanks for this informational post. Yes, I can sympathize with writers who are reluctant to write a book. It’s a daunting task.

  7. CB Soulsby says:

    Thanks so much for this post! Writing can be a lonely pursuit filled with self doubt. Supportive words such as these make all the difference (especially the third point)!!

  8. Anjali Amit says:

    Thank you for writing these words of truth. Wannabe writers may think they are being realistic — hey we know we cannot write so we will give up on this dream. I know — I was there for a very long time. You are saying that the process is never easy. If you want to write just write, and work at it till you get it right. Wow! You have taken away all the excuses, for which I thank you again.

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