By Karen Hodges Miller

The more I learn about writer’s block the more I understand that when a writer has more than the average problem with finding the right sentence or paragraph, there is usually some underlying fear that is preventing the person from writing. Oh yes, there are all kinds of excuses: I just don’t have time. I’m too tired. I have no place quiet to write. But if you really want to write – you really have a passion to write about your subject – you’ll always find a way around those physical blocks. Sure you’re tired, but knowing that you are going to sit down and write about something you love is a great way to overcome that exhausted feeling. Yes, your schedule is crowded, but if you are passionate about your subject you’ll make the time.

So if you’ve kicked out the kids, organized your writing space, put on the perfect music, poured the glass of wine and still can’t seem to write it’s time to dig a little deeper. Go to the next level and figure out just what is holding you back.

I recently spoke with a writer who had quit work on her book when she was only one chapter away from finishing it. “I just don’t know what to say,” she told me, even though she’d already written eleven out of twelve of her proposed chapters. We talked about all of the excuses she had made for not finishing her book: her husband had a new job and things had been stressful at home for a few months, she was involved in a fundraising committee for her child’s school. She had at least three or four other excuses for not finding a few hours to finish that last chapter. Finally I asked her, “What’s really going on? What are you afraid of?”

“That’s a good question,” she said, and thought for a few minutes. “I guess I’m really afraid that the book’s going to be a success. What happens if it really takes off and I do get the calls to do seminars and speaking engagements like I’ve always said I wanted? It might take me away from my family.”

Her real block wasn’t writing at all – it was fear of success. So if you are having trouble writing, ask yourself what are you really afraid of? What are you worrying about? What is really holding you back? You may find it has nothing to do with writing at all.

While over 80% of Americans say they want to write a book, most never will. Karen Hodges Miller offers her 25-plus years of experience as writer, editor and publisher to entrepreneurial authors who want to realize that dream. She holds a variety of workshops and seminars each year on book writing, publishing and marketing. Karen’s experience as a freelance business reporter gives her a fresh outlook on the creative world of writers and the practical world of business owners. As founder of Open Door PublicationsSM LLC Karen has helped dozens of authors bring their own ideas to market; the company published almost two dozen books since 2006. Karen began authoring her own series of books for authors in 2010. “Finish Your Book! A Time Management Guide for Writers” is a practical and inspirational guide for the busy writer who must find time to write while juggling a business and personal life. “Sell Your Book, Think Outside the Bookstore,” to be published in April 2011, includes over 100 practical, specific tips for book marketing along with interviews with a variety of nationally-known publishing and marketing experts. Learn more about Karen at www.OpenDoorPublications.com.

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Karen Hodges Miller

About Karen Hodges Miller

While over 80% of Americans say they want to write a book, most never will. Karen Hodges Miller offers her 25-plus years of experience as writer, editor and publisher to entrepreneurial authors who want to realize that dream. She holds a variety of workshops and seminars each year on book writing, publishing and marketing. Karen’s experience as a freelance business reporter gives her a fresh outlook on the creative world of writers and the practical world of business owners. As founder of Open Door PublicationsSM LLC Karen has helped dozens of authors bring their own ideas to market; the company published almost two dozen books since 2006. Karen began authoring her own series of books for authors in 2010. “Finish Your Book! A Time Management Guide for Writers” is a practical and inspirational guide for the busy writer who must find time to write while juggling a business and personal life. “Sell Your Book, Think Outside the Bookstore,” to be published in April 2011, includes over 100 practical, specific tips for book marketing along with interviews with a variety of nationally-known publishing and marketing experts.