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The 5 mindset attributes to help you write your book

In this blog post we’re going to be looking at the ‘5 Mindset Attributes’ you must adopt, in order for you to complete your writing project. Without it, you may find yourself starting with great enthusiasm, getting a few dozen pages written and poring over I-stock photos for possible cover designs, but soon losing interest. Other ‘more important’ tasks will suddenly pop up, and your writing will grind to a halt.

If the foundation of ‘I can do this’ is not established before you begin, then you will find yourself stopping as soon as a bump or hurdle presents itself.

These 5 attitudes are simple and easy to adopt, but without them, your project will either never get finished, or won’t even get started. Thinking about writing a book is one thing, knowing and believing you can, which results in action being taken, is another.

Let’s go through these mindset attributes now, and then we can move onto ‘Accountability’ and ‘Setting you up for success‘ next.

1. Having a 'can do' attitude

Before you start your writing project, it is essential that you get into the ‘can do’ attitude. To many, writing a book seems extremely daunting and far too difficult, hence the reason why so few do.

Writing a book can be hard work, it depends on the subject you’re writing about and what the book is for. If it’s a book that is a ‘How to’ or a manual, which is being sold for full price, then yes, it will take a good amount of time and hard work. It will need up-to-date facts and figures, lots of research, and countless other elements that will make the project a large commitment.

However, if the book you’re writing is for lead generation then it can be written and produced within 16 weeks, not bad when you have a proper printed book to show for it, and with the right mindset, and ‘can do’ attitude, you can be an author within 3 months effortlessly.

2. Believe in yourself and the value of your work

This follows on from the last attribute, but is no less important. You must believe in your ability, and in the message you are writing about.

Believing you have the knowledge, that what you’re saying is of interest is paramount to starting your project. Without this belief and underpinning foundation that you are able to impart important and valuable information, you will find yourself doubting the project. And when other important projects spring up, suddenly your inner voice will start saying things like; “well, I didn’t really have anything important to say anyway”, or “who was I to think I could write a book…?”

Don’t let that happen to your book project. Believe in yourself, and the value of your message.

3. Make your writing a priority

Some may argue that this is not an attitude, but it is. It is essential that you see this project as a high enough of a priority that it will not be put aside if something seemingly more important comes along.

Unfortunately, a book does not have a voice, it’s a silent, quiet scheme, which requires commitment and effort on the part of the writer – you!

Successful writers make writing enough of a priority for it to happen on a regular basis, and they find a way to fit their writing into the same twenty-four hours that everyone else has. Writers make a conscious decision to write, and it’s an attitude that needs to be instilled at the very beginning.

4. Commit to writing and see it through

This is a continuation of the previous mindset attribute. You must commit in order to see the project finished. Without this attribute, I suggest you don’t even start.

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” – Tom Robbins

Once you have accepted and adopted this attitude, then you will succeed. When you commit, it’s not a choice you make, it just is!

5. Just do it!

This slogan from Nike has been used ubiquitously. However, there are few other statements that encapsulate the next attribute so succinctly.

Without action, no amount of planning, adjustment of your mindset or setting up the greatest of accountability will produce your book.

Gaining the right tools, adopting the right attitude and committing to the project are of course essential, but nothing will be born of these traits if you then fail to ACT – and just do it.

How you decide to do it is up to you, but do it you must. And before you start making excuses, before the doubter in you starts to say things like… “oh I don’t have time”, remember this quote;

“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time’ is to say ‘I don’t want to.’” – Lao Tzu


Having accountability can dramatically increase your chances of becoming an author. Not that there is any ‘chance’ involved, but having someone to help you with your plan, and an end date in mind, really helps cement the idea and make it real. It makes it measurable, and that is really important when embarking on a project that requires effort and commitment.

Here are 2 quick ways to gain accountability.

Tell someone or hire someone

A great tool that can help you become an author quickly and easily, is to either tell someone what you are planning, or adopt an accountability partner, someone that can hold you accountable for your writing project, and help you set deadlines for each section. Even if you just tell someone your plans, a magic combination of expectation and liability is then set, and it really helps to keep you motivated and on track.

This person can be someone you work with, even your partner or spouse (if suitable), or you could hire someone. Book coaches and writing coaches are growing in popularity, and have the added bonus of knowing and understanding the frustrations of writing, as well as being able to give you hints and tips on how to keep the momentum going, with feedback along the way.

Also, the added element of hiring someone, which incurs a monthly cost, adds to the time factor. In other words, you will probably get the job done quicker and faster, knowing that each month an X amount of money is leaving your bank account.

If you decide that hiring a book coach is something that you are interested in, then you need to consider these few points before you proceed:

  • Do they have experience in writing a book specifically for lead generation? Fiction novels are a different breed of book, and a coach that only has experience in this area might not be suitable, as they won’t necessarily know the right tactics that a book used for lead generation requires.
  • How many other books have they helped write before? Do they have examples?
  • Can they help you with all aspects of your project, from planning, to brainstorming a strong ‘call to action’?
  • What access do you have to them? Will it be enough? Email is fine, but sometimes you just need to talk to someone as well.
  • Have they written a book? How does it read? What was it used for?

The Book Refinery has helped numerous coaches and trainers get their books written and used effectively as a lead generation tool. Why not visit www.TheBookRefinery.com/testimonials to read how we have helped them, and then get in touch. We can have a quick, no obligation chat about your project. Simply fill out the enquiry form on the website, or email me alexa@thebookrefinery.com – I look forward to hearing from you!

  • Kristen Pabst

    Thanks a bunch. I needed this. I’ve already written a good long 4 chapters and I have never had time to continue. Until now.

  • Alexa_Whitten

    Hi Kristen, I’m really glad my post has helped you back on track. Keeping motivated is one of the biggest issues my clients face – so you’re not alone in this issue. Make your writing a priority, and a ‘must do’ and it’s amazing how quick your book will progress. Good luck.