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How might your career or business be transformed if you were able to overcome the obstacles that have prevented you (so far) from starting and finishing that book you've always promised you'd write? ...

How might your career or business be transformed if you were able to overcome the obstacles that have prevented you (so far) from starting and finishing that book you've always promised you'd write? In this downloadable pdf (all 62 pages available at www.bookdoula.biz), Dr. Liz, The Book Doula addresses ways to shed light on those obstacles, as well as seven strategies to get that book out of your head and into readers' lives -- once and for all!

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  • Find, Nurture, and Sustain the Motivation to Write BirthYour Book!Dr. LIZ ALEXANDER The Book Doula
  • Praise for this Ebook“Liz is gifted at inspiring and motivating people. In this valuable book she offers a varietyof strategies for writing and publishing the book youve always dreamed of. With practicalsuggestions, creative ideas, and interesting stories, she challenges any thoughts or behav-iors that have kept you stuck and energizes you to move forward to a more creative andfulfilling future.” ~ Dr. Kate Brooks, author of You Majored In What? (Viking, 2009).“Dr. Liz is a power-packed go-getter. Her sage advice can truly get you on the path fromwriter to author.” ~ Marika Flatt, PR by the Book.“Dr. Liz has created a practical, immensely helpful ebook that answers the questions otherbooks never seem to answer. If you know you’ve got a book in you, the approach Dr. Lizoutlines here will help boost your motivation, self-confidence, and follow-through.”~ Regan Marie Brown, author of The Woman’s Way, Celebrating Life After 40 (AndrewsMcMeel, 2001).“Far from the dry how-tos that currently litter this genre, Dr. Liz provides advice, practicalexercises and inspiration for getting a book off your to-do list. I highly recommend it.”~ Rusty Shelton, Shelton Interactive.“I read your wonderful book at one sitting and it made SO MUCH SENSE. It was absolutelyon target and made me think of several areas about which I WANT to write — as opposedto those where I might make some money but have not passion for the subject. Thankyou so much for making me take a hard look at myself and what I really want to say anddo.” ~ Jim Comer, author of When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents(Finalist Violet Crown Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of 2007, Texas WritersLeague).
  • Copyright ©2011 Dr. Liz Alexander, The Book Doula™. All Rights Reserved.First Edition: March 2010 (previous title: What’s Stopping You?)Second Edition: April 2011No part of this document may be reproduced in whole or in part, or transmitted in any form orby any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any informa-tion storage and retrieval system, without written permission from Dr. Liz Alexander, except by areviewer, who may quote brief passages in a review, citing title, author, and date as follows:“Reproduced with permission from Birth Your Book! Find, Nurture, and Sustain the Motivation toWrite by Dr. Liz Alexander, ©2011.”For more information and free resources for writers, visit: www.bookdoula.biz andwww.bookdoula.biz/blog/Cover design by Lauryl Eddlemon. Birth Your Book | 2
  • ContentsAbout You ........................................................................................ 4Introduction ..................................................................................... 5Section One • Find Your Passion .................................................................... 9 • Let’s Find Your Motivation ........................................................ 10 • No Excuses .......................................................................... 11 • Three Emotional Obstacles That Keep You from Writing ................... 12 • Three Mental Obstacles That Keep You from Writing ....................... 18 • Four Behavioral Obstacles That Keep You from Writing .................... 20 • Find What Excites You ............................................................. 22 • Let’s Get Started! ................................................................... 27Section Two • Strategy #1: Find Your Passion .................................................. 28 • Strategy #2: Pounce on Your Ideas .............................................. 33 • Strategy #3: Prepare and Pace ................................................... 36 • Strategy #4: Give Your Creative Potential a Boost ............................ 39 • Strategy #5: Allow the How ...................................................... 43 • Strategy #6: You Already Are ..................................................... 49 • Strategy #7: Don’t Go It Alone ................................................... 56A Final Message ............................................................................... 60About Dr. Liz .................................................................................... 61 Birth Your Book | 3
  • About You At last! You’ve added “author” to your list of accomplishments. Whether you werepublished by a commercial house or went the self-publishing or print-on-demandroute, your book is now available and selling well. More than that, it has boosted yourcredibility as a subject matter expert so you’re now earning additional income as aspeaker, trainer and consultant. No, I’m not talking to the wrong reader and you “Change roomshaven’t got the wrong book. I know that isn’t your cur- in your mindrent reality. But didn’t it feel good, for a moment, to think for a day.”that it was? –All the Hemispheres So what’s stopping you from making that dream a by Hafizreality? If, like countless aspiring authors you have struggled with getting your book outof your head, off your “to do” list and into people’s lives, this is the book you need. It’sabout the motivation to write: how to find it, nuture it, and sustain it. Once you haveaddressed your motivation, you will find writing more pleasurable, quicker and easierthan you ever thought possible. You will begin this near-magical process by reading this ebook and engagingwith the exercises. Hopefully you will also journal to capture the new thoughts andamazing ideas that come to you, in order to fully realize your passion for contributingsomething meaningful to the world. Let’s make a start on that journey together now. Birth Your Book | 4
  • Introduction Her husband looked so proud as he stood up during the breakfast networkingmeeting to announce that she had written a book. Cheers and clapping ensued. Ithink she blushed. I know he beamed. A year or so later during an email exchange I happened to ask this woman if Imight interview her about her publishing experience. At which point she said shehadn’t written a book. Seems her husband had jumped the gun, possibly in anattempt to provoke a frenzy of writing. It obviously didn’t work. Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience? You’ve been saying for months, maybeyears, that you have a book inside you. Maybe, as a small business owner or serviceprovider, you want the instant credibility that comes from adding “author” to your listof accomplishments. But for some reason nothing has ever come of it. The idea for abook remains firmly in your head. Paper is unwritten on. The computer file is blank.Why? As someone long fascinated by human motivation (I have advanced degrees inthe topic), and whose passion is writing, I decided to shine more light on a conceptthat rarely gets addressed: the self-discovery that has to happen before the “how to” ofwriting and publishing can be of any use. Go to Amazon.com and search for “how to write a book” and you’ll be presentedwith 11,180 results. But all the information in the world won’t do you any good if youcan’t find, harness and sustain the motivation to actually sit down and write. That’s likereading everything that Julia Child ever wrote only to discover, the minute you walkinto the kitchen, that you keep thinking about all the other things you’d rather dothan cook. This isn’t a book about how; it’s a book about why. As Viktor Frankl wrote inMan’s Search for Meaning (echoing Nietzsche):“He who has a Why to live for can bear Birth Your Book | 5
  • almost any How.” I don’t think we ask enough whys in life. Yet, when we understandour core motivation for doing something, that achievement occurs almost miraculous-ly. We’ll begin by addressing some of the reasons why you haven’t moved forwardwith your writing in the way you had hoped. Then we’ll identify seven strategies thatwill help you get your book out of your head and into readers’ lives. In this ebook, you’ll find advice and practical exercises on: • How to find that vital, emotional compulsion to get your subject-matter expertise out of your head and onto the page (Section One). • How to look beyond the first idea that comes to you for your book and find a potentially more innovative and compelling concept (Strategies 1 and 4). • Why it’s important to act quickly—to do anything at all—when a good idea comes to you, in order to kick-start the momentum (Strategy 2). • What characteristics you need to find and develop that will enable you to do what writers do, consistently and well (Strategy 3). • The difference between keeping an inspired outcome in mind and getting mired in always needing to know how that desired outcome will become reality (Strategy 5). • Why writing should not be viewed as simply a mechanical process but a spiritual induction that can change the nature of your reality (Strategy 6). • How to see beyond the myth that writing is a lonely profession best suited to alcoholics, depressives, and misanthropes (Strategy 7). There is a lot of material here that you are unlikely to find in books that claim toshow you how to write and be published. I hope this prospect excites and delights Birth Your Book | 6
  • you. Energy, passion, commitment, a desire to accomplish something meaningful, andpersevering to overcome challenges— all the stuff we associate with emotion andmotivation—are part and parcel of being a writer. When you can tap into all of these,then the mechanics of writing, which are simple enough to learn given time and prac-tice, can be applied effectively. Without passion and perseverance, however, your bookwon’t make its mark on the world, because you’ll never get round to writing it.As Anne Lamott wrote in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life: The problem that comes up over and over again is that these people [her students] want to be published. They kind of want to write, but they really want to be pub- lished. You’ll never get to where you want to be that way, I tell them. Throughout this book you will be prompted to reflect on your motivation forwanting to write. It’s one thing to focus on a desired outcome like Lamott’s studentswho wanted to be published, but if what you’re really after is to see your name on abest-seller list or to make a lot of money, then you are going to need a lot of money (topromote the heck out of your book), many influential friends with powerful marketingsavvy (including big mailing lists), and plenty of patience. For the time it takes you to read this ebook, I’m asking you to let go of anyobsession with how your book will get written, how successful it will be, and howmuch money you are likely to make from writing it. Consider this to be the “prequel”to all those other books you may have already read on developing nonfictionproposals, crafting compelling chapters, writing query letters to agents and suchlike.By focusing attention on why you want to write a book and working to overcome thefears you may be harboring and those other impediments that keep getting in yourway, you’ll find that the hows will be taken care of, in their own time and in theirown way. Writing your book isn’t a question of getting a better handle on what’s “outthere,” but on what lies inside you. We’re going to begin by discovering more about Birth Your Book | 7
  • what excites you. Interested in pursuing that? Then you’ve come to the right place. Ifnot, I can confirm that there are over 11,000 other books waiting for you—just go toAmazon.com and search for “how to write a book.”The chances are, however, thatwithout the introspection and understanding you will get from reading this ebook,you’ll find yourself a month, a year, a decade from now wondering why you never gotround to writing your own book. Still with me? Wonderful! Our journey is about to start. Let’s begin by findingyour passion and then discover how that can relate to starting and completingyour book. Birth Your Book | 8
  • SECTION ONEFind Your Passion As anyone who knows me will confirm, I get things done. • Between 1997 and 2002 I had eight books published, each of them 40,000- to 50,000-word nonfiction manuscripts that were commissioned, edited, and printed by major commercial publishers including Random House and HarperCollins. In all I’ve written ten books that have reached close to 500,000 readers around the world. • I wrote two books each year from 1999 to 2001 “When I sit down while at the same time working as a freelance at my writing desk, journalist, motivational speaker, coach, and time seems to consultant. vanish. I think it’s a wonderful way to • I earned both a master’s degree and a Ph.D. spend one’s life.” from The University at Texas at Austin in five –Erica Jong years, in educational psychology (with an emphasis on motivation and cognition), while also working 30 hours a week and bringing up a high-maintenance 80-pound black Labrador who believes she’s human. This ebook focuses on how to get things started and completed; in particularhow to free yourself from whatever imagined limitations, fears, false beliefs, lack ofmotivation or willpower have prevented you from turning the dream of writing abook into reality. And not just any old book but brilliant nonfiction that promotes yourbusiness, boosts your career, and attracts multiple streams of income. Your writing ability and lack of knowledge about publishing aren’t at the root ofwhy you haven’t started or finished that book you’ve always promised yourself you’dwrite. Challenges like these can be overcome by hiring a professional (such as a writ- Birth Your Book | 9
  • ing coach or editor), or spending more time researching the market (for example,reading books, blogs, or websites on your publishing options). What you don’t yetknow is not the problem because, with time and money, you can plug those gaps. Theissue lies deeper—with your lack of motivation to write.Let’s Find Your Motivation The only way I can think of to maintain a lack of motivation for writing a bookand still produce one is to hire a ghostwriter. These individuals will take your topic andsubject matter expertise and craft a book that goes out under your name. Mostcelebrities, big-name business gurus and politicians do this. This option is expensive(think low to high five figures, sometimes six figures, depending on the experience ofthe “ghost”). If you are willing and able to spend the money on having a book writtenon your behalf, then motivation is not a consideration. End of story. But what if you can’t afford a ghostwriter? Or would like to know how marvelousit feels not just to see your name on the cover of a book, but to be able to tell admirersthat you actually wrote it? Then allow me to help you discover the necessary clarity,confidence, and passion to help your writing become more inspired, easy, and joyful. I’m going to take you a step back from how to write and ask you to focus first onknocking down all those barriers that are preventing you from having more of any-thing in your life. This little book features the goal of writing a book, but the strategiesI’m sharing with you are relevant to any kind of positive outcome: from joy and fulfill-ment, to having more money and business or career success. To accomplish any ofthese desires, you need to be motivated enough to take action. At its core, then, this ebook isn’t just about getting your book written and intothe hands of eager readers. It’s about your personal growth and the tips and strategiesthat can move you to the next level in any area of your life. Even though it might seem as if writing a book is all about thoughts and think-ing, the first place we’re going to start is with your emotions. Birth Your Book | 10
  • No Excuses Am I right in assuming that there are things “We want to setyou always get around to doing? Even if you think of goals that our heartyourself as the world’s biggest procrastinator, isn’t it conceives, that ourtrue that when certain people ask for your help you mind believes, andcan instantly find the time to assist them? When cer- our bodies willtain activities need your attention you don’t sit and carry out.”think about them but get on and accomplish what –Jim Rohnis required, right? These situations, I suspect, involve people and activities that you deeply careabout. You react from your heart rather than your head and get them done. True?That’s your first clue, then, as to how to get anything done: find the emotional driver.As the late personal development entrepreneur, Jim Rohn, advised, you need to setgoals conceived by the heart—which means goals that are emotionally importantto you. Let’s imagine that you already have this great idea for a book. (We’re just imagin-ing for now. If you don’t have an idea, don’t worry, we’ll get to that part later—it’s notas hard as you might think). You already understand that with the right kind of mar-keting and promotion, this book will boost your professional reputation and personalcredibility. But you never seem to find the time to start it or complete it. What’s stop-ping you? Here is a list of common obstacles to accomplishing that outcome, divided intothree sections: Emotional (feelings), Mental (beliefs), and Behavioral (actions). Whichare relevant to you? Birth Your Book | 11
  • Want More?Including:• How to overcome the obstacles to starting or finishing your book.and• Proven strategies to get your book done!The cost for the full 62-page ebookis just $2.99. A tiny investment compared to whatyou could gain from birthing the book in YOU. “There is no greater agony than bearing anCLICK HERE for immediate download. untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou Need help moving forward? Let’s talk about how you can write, publish, and sell your brilliant book – NOW! Email: drliz@bookdoula.biz Get your complete ebook download HERE.