If you’re beginning to wonder what possessed you when you decided to write a book, then believe me, you’re not the first author to feel that way.

You’ve been slogging uphill for what seems like forever. You’re short of time. You’re feeling low on energy, a bit fed up and you’re not too sure why you’re doing it any more!

Wouldn’t it be much more enjoyable to take a favourite client out for lunch, perhaps? Isn’t that a better use of your time? Wouldn’t doing that every day be just as good for your business as having a book? Wouldn’t it?

Well, it’s true that it might be more fun. And it might relieve your frustration for a while. But sadly it won’t help you grow your business much. Lunches tend to come and go, whereas a book…. Well, it’s a bit more concrete, long-term, a lot more impressive and will open up more opportunities than any lunch is likely to do. Unless we’re talking lunching at the Manoir, or the Fat Duck of course…

Seriously though, I sympathise. Most of us business folks didn’t go into business to lock ourselves into a room for hours and attempt to shape our words into something meaningful on the screen. Think of the future, though. Once you have your book written and published things will be different. It’s quite likely that you will have lots of invitations to speak; you’ll be signing your book at events; there’s that fabulous launch party, of course.

Great opportunities can arise once you’re a published author. But for now, you must crack on and make time to get the writing finished.

So, here’s my top ways to feel less lonely as you write and boost your motivation to get your book finished.

  1. Find a writing buddy.

Choose someone you know who is also writing. It doesn’t have to be a book, but perhaps there is a colleague or friend who has an ambition to blog more or write articles. Buddy up so that you can encourage each other and check in on each other’s progress. Set up times to do this or seek each other’s permission to ask for help on writing days when inspiration and motivation is running low and you need some encouragement.

  1. Co-author your book

This is the go-to approach for anyone who really struggles to work alone. Find someone to write your book with you and work at it together. I know co-authors who have even gone away on retreat together to get their book written. It can be a very effective way to work quickly and efficiently as long as you have a good relationship and lay down the ground rules for working together carefully.

  1. Work with a writing coach

Most business people use advisors, mentors or coaches in other aspects of their lives and businesses – so why not get some expert help to get your book written? If you aren’t an experienced writer you might consider working with publishing professionals like The Right Book Company who can combine motivational coaching with helping you with the content.

  1. Find a writing group

Working with others periodically can really help to keep you motivated. This blog post is being written at Pub School, an innovative group coaching concept set up by the super-talented Sonja Jefferson and Sharon Tanton of Valuable Content Marketing. And they even bring us tea and homemade cake just as we start to flag half way through the afternoon!

If working alone is not your forte, remember that writing a book doesn’t have to be a solitary experience. Find ways to collaborate with others or simply get the right support from professionals or people with your best interests at heart and you will get your book written. Then you can go back to taking those clients out to lunch – but this time you’ll be presenting them with a copy of your book!