Quit Listening to the Naysayers and Write Your Book

There are people out there who will tell you you shouldn’t write a book. They’ll give you a thousand reasons. You won’t sell any copies. You can’t make any money. Thousands of other people are already doing it better than you.

But do you know what I think about those people? I think they are short-sighted.

Well-meaning, maybe, but ultimately, wrong.

I don’t think you should listen to them. I think you should write your book anyway, despite what they say. I think you should show them—and that book—who’s boss.

A few years ago I ran a marathon.

It was 2009 when I first started training. I was new to running, so I got a little over-zealous and injured myself during those first few months. I couldn’t run my race as planned. I had to wait through my injury, my healing and a grueling season of recovery before I could train again.

When I was finally able to run a few years later, it was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.

It was also one of the most important personal achievements of my life.

I am not going to be a professional runner someday. I did not win any prizes. I wasn’t even in the realm of getting any kind of press. I ran anyway because there’s something really powerful about having the desire to do something and putting your mind to it until it’s accomplished.

Huzzah. Go me. I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.

People told me I should quit.

On multiple occasions, people would tell me things like, “this is really bad for your body. You should probably just give up.” Or, “not everybody is built to be a runner, you know. Maybe you should throw in the towel.”

And you know what the best moment of the whole process was? Watching their faces when I stumbled over the finish line.

Look who “wasn’t built for running” but did it anyway.

I know what it feels like to have a thousand people telling you you can’t do something that you really want to do, something you’ve always wanted to do. I know what it feels like to have something burning inside of you and feel like you have to find a way to get it out.

I know. I’ve been there. It’s awful.

But, here’s the thing. I’ve also been on the other side of it. I’ve crossed the finish line. And there is no amount of money or pain or suffering that compares to that feeling—the feeling of finally seeing your dream come to life.

So tell the naysayers to shut up. It’s time to get started. There will never be a better time. It will never get any easier. It will be worth the money and time and energy. Every bit of it. I swear.

It will heal you.

You’ll discover yourself in the process.

You may not sell a million copies. You probably won’t make a million bucks. But you know what John Steinbeck said when writing East of Eden? He said, “Even if I knew nothing would emerge from this book, I would still write it.” Something incredible happens when we give ourselves to the writing process. The possibilities are endless.

What about you? Will you write your book?

If you want to write a book but aren’t sure where to start, I can help. I’ve helped dozens of writers, just like you, start from scratch and turn the idea in their head into a realty. Check out my coaching program and Discovery Day.


No, seriously, we can be friends...we can email back and forth and everything! :) 

Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.
Posted in

Allison Fallon

I write books. I help people write books. I believe a regular practice of writing can change your life.

28 thoughts on “Quit Listening to the Naysayers and Write Your Book”

  1. Love this post! It’s all about stepping outside of your comfort zone, and doing something that propels and inspires other positive changes and accomplishments in your life!

  2. This post is so timely, Allison! Thank you for putting it out there. I shared my desire to write a book with some friends recently and was a bit disappointed with their response. I’m going to print out your post and re-read it when I start to doubt myself. 🙂

  3. Oh Allison! Where have you been all my life? I just started Author Launch and now have discovered your delicious blog. I could eat it up with a spoon! Truly, I have needed these words washed over me again and again. Thank you for giving courage to us newbies as we embark on this ever-so-scary journey of writing our first book!

  4. It is perfect time to make some plans for the long run and it is
    time to be happy. I have read this publish and if I may just I desire to counsel you few fascinating
    issues or suggestions. Perhaps you could write next articles
    relating to this article. I wish to learn even more things approximately it!

  5. Thank you, I’ve just been searching for information about this topic for a while and yours is the best I have came
    upon so far. But, what in regards to the conclusion? Are you certain concerning the supply?

  6. Thanks for some other great post. Where else could anybody get that type of
    information in such an ideal method of writing? I have a presentation subsequent week, and I am
    on the search for such information.

  7. Hey there, I think your website might be
    having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog in Opera, it
    looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has
    some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, great blog!

  8. I absolutely love your blog.. Great colors & theme.
    Did you make this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as I’m looking to create my
    own blog and want to find out where you got this from
    or exactly what the theme is named. Kudos!

  9. I must thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog.
    I’m hoping to check out the same high-grade content by
    you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged
    me to get my own, personal website now 😉

  10. Hi there very nice website!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing ..

    I will bookmark your website and take the feeds additionally?
    I’m glad to seek out so many useful information right here in the post, we need
    develop more strategies on this regard, thank you for sharing.
    . . . . .

  11. I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this site.

    I’m hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well.
    In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to
    get my own website now 😉

    It is a very hard situation when playing the lottery and never won, or keep winning low fund not up to 100 bucks, i have been a victim of such a tough life, the biggest fund i have ever won was 100 bucks, and i have been playing lottery for almost 12 years now, things suddenly change the moment i came across a secret online, a testimony of a spell caster called dr emu, who help people in any type of lottery numbers, i was not easily convinced, but i decided to give try, now i am a proud lottery winner with the help of dr emu, i won $1,000.0000.00 and i am making this known to every one out there who have been trying all day to win the lottery, believe me this is the only way to win the lottery.

    Contact him on email Em*******@gm***.com
    What’s app +2347012841542

  13. I suffered from what they called peripheral artery disease (PAD). I have been suffering for years, Me and my wife searched for a medical cure, and then we came across a testimony of a man who suffered the same and was cured by Dr Chief Lucky. So my wife and I contacted Dr Chief Lucky via an email and thank God he replied. I explained what was wrong and he sent me herbal medicines that helped heal me completely. I am happy to say that herbal medicine is the ultimate and Dr Chief Lucky I am grateful. You can contact him on his email: ch**********@gm***.com or whatsapp: +2348132777335, Facebook page http://facebook.com/chiefdrlucky website https://chiefdrlucky.com/. He said that he also specializes in the following diseases: ALS, CANCER, HPV, HERPES, DIABETES, HEPATITIS B, HIV, And more.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2 × two =

Feeling Stuck? Join 10,000+ others for Monday Motivation

Inspiration for your writing (and your life) delivered directly to your inbox every week.

Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.
Scroll to Top

My new book is available for pre-order!

Discover the power of (finally) getting unstuck, claiming your clarity, and becoming the person whose life you want to live—all through a simple self-care practice you can build into your daily routine.