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Writing a book is hard. I can hear the snorts and feel the eye rolls from here. Yes it is hard. A majority of people want to write a story but very few people actually do. I can’t say anything as I join NaNoWriMo every year for the past year, but alas still no complete book. Is it any wonder that I love the people who actually manage to write great stories? Guest poster Kate Hanley at Build Book Buzz talks about the five most common reasons why people like me don’t write a book and how we can overcome them. How about you? What would you tell writer wannabes?

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Guest post: 5 most common obstacles to writing your book

sign-detour_f18fkpdoOur guest blogger on common obstacles to writing your book is my friend-in-real-life Kate Hanley, a New York Times-bestselling ghostwriter who helps authors get their message out and make a difference in the world. Her self-paced online class, “Write Your Book Like a Boss,” covers the nitty-gritty details of how to get a book written and published, as well as the squishier subjects, such as how to deal with your inner critic. (If you take the course, please select my name in the drop down menu — I will receive a small commission for the referral.) Kate is also the author of books under her own name. I received A Year of Daily Calm for Mother’s Day (my request!) and love it. Learn more about Kate on her website

Guest post: 5 most common obstacles to writing your book

By Kate Hanley

There’s a reason why 80 percent of Americans (that’s 200 million people) say they want to write a book, yet only .04 percent of them actually do it in any given year: Writing a book is no small undertaking.

Doable? Absolutely. Easy? Not so much.

Especially if you’re falling prey to one or some of the most common obstacles to actually getting a book out into the world.

Are you subjecting yourself to any of these common roadblock thoughts? I hope seeing them with more clarity—and learning their workarounds—will help you get going!

Roadblock thought #1: “I don’t have the time.”

Of course getting all those words and thoughts down seems like it will take up mountains of time—and who has those lying around?

Detour: Rather than trying to “find” the time, presume it’s already there, and then go about claiming it.