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    Set a Goal, Finish Your Memoir or Family History Book

    There are many reasons why people can’t get their books finished:

    • “I am just too busy to find time to write.”

    • “I need to do more research.”

    • “I’ve got so many stories, documents and photos, I just can’t get them organized.”

    • “I need to talk to (fill in your favorite grandparent parent, sibling, aunt, uncle or cousin) to get his / her stories.”

    • “I just can’t remember all the details.”

    They are all obstacles. How do you overcome them?

    French novelist Guy de Maupassant advised beginning writers to, “Get black on white.” Those who heed it will see their book in print. Set a goal and stick to it. Establish a plan or a schedule to work on your book regularly.

    If you need help setting a goal you might want to take a look at Liz Allen’s Aspiring Writers Pledge to “…write a book in 2010 with intent of publishing…” or Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s 1000 Words a Day Challenge (or 500 words or 250 words).

    Better yet think about what’s realistic for you and set your own goal as to when you want to finish your book and what your work schedule will be to do it. If you are working on your book regularly you will be surprised how quickly you “get black on white.”

    Want a published book to distribute to family and friends at Christmas? You can do it if you set that goal.

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