It goes like this: You tell yourself your book will be done by the end of the year. But then the year passes, and then sometimes another. You ask yourself: Am I a no-good procrastinator who will never finish my book?
And yet, you’re focused on your book, working at your writing and editing, honing passages and perfecting structure. It’s not as if you’re ignoring your book, only it’s all taking so much longer than you thought.
The question is–are you dragging your heels, or is the book itself, in some unnameable and magical way, telling you it’s not the right time to launch it into the world? Are you in the midst of procrastination or divine timing?
Let’s see how each of these might feel and show up differently.
You constantly make excuses not to work on your book
You are afraid of finishing it due to some limiting belief you harbor
You feel bored with your project and can’t work up the focus to finish it
You are more comfortable with being a writer than a published writer
Your book needs something more to really be ready for the world
You are working hard to edit and polish the work until it shines
There’s a sense, deep inside, that you will know exactly when it’s the right time to launch your book
You feel an energy building around you, part of the zeitgeist, that is telling you not now, but soon.
I know for myself, that if my book Reclaiming the Wild Soul had been published when I first got an agent and some nibbles from publishers, I wouldn’t be happy with the book I have. It took another three years of re-writing it from start to finish, to not only have written the book I wanted to write, but to have brought it out at a time when people are beginning to awaken to the concept nature and spirit in new and powerful ways.
Procrastination or divine timing?
What’s the truth for you and your booK?