Dear Aspiring Author: This is the real reason you haven’t written your book yet. (PS. It’s got nothing to do with talent.)

Newsflash — it doesn’t matter how talented you are, you won’t write your book until you do this one thing.

“Wow, you’re writing a book? You must be super talented!”

Sidling up to a set of kettlebells, I look over at the gym junkie beside me — a woman whose face is alight with a newfound sense of ‘awe’ as she takes in what it is I do for work.

“Believe me, I know myself how difficult it can be to finish writing a book…but it’s all about knowing this one important step.” — Jas Rawlinson, Author & Ghostwriter.

SO…what does it take to write a book?

In my work as a memoir writing coach, freelance journalist, and ghostwriter, I’ve come across a lot of people with incredible stories.

Jas Rawlinson with some of her ‘Write to Inspire’ clients; everyday writers with life-changing stories.

It was commitment.

Yep. The truth is, the only thing between those who dream of writing a book and those who actually DO IT (like many of my friends and clients), is making a daily commitment to yourself and your writing.

So…What does ‘commitment’ actually look like?

Excuse #1: ‘I’m too busy.’

I know, I know…but seriously, who isn’t?

Excuse #2: ‘I didn’t go to university, so what hope do I have?’

Excuse #3: ‘I don’t have the money to write a book.’

This is probably one of the most common excuses, and you know what? I totally get it — most of us aren’t rolling in cash.

Life is all about priorities — and that includes your writing goals.

Talent is only a small part of the equation, but commitment is everything.

So, if you’re staring at your draft manuscript right now, asking yourself: “Am I really good enough to be a writer?’, then the answer is: Yes — BUT, only if you make your dreams of writing a book a daily and weekly priority, and commit to getting writing support where you need it.

Jas Rawlinson is a best-selling author, speaker and book coach who specialises in stories that change and save lives. Connect at www.jasrawlinson.com.