Today I woke up thinking that I have to write the book only I can write, not the book someone else would write.
I know that sounds obvious, but when you want to write your book—whatever your topic is—you’ll immediately think it should be more of this or that. More research! More literary devices! More paragraphs that sound like that other best-selling writer! You’ll start to sound like another writer.
Oh, it’s a struggle.
But only you can write the book you’re writing. If someone else can write it, let them write it, but that’s not the book you’re writing. You’re writing your book, your way, in your voice, with your authoritative experience and genius insight. And we need that kind of book.
I think writer’s block, shame, or any of the insecure feelings we might have come from trying to write someone else’s book. We’re performing the role of some writer when, really, the real, authentic writer was always there in you.