Beating Writer’s Guilt

Do you feel bad if the pile of dishes in your sink grows as your word count grows? Saying yes to writing might mean saying no to other things in life, which can lead to feelings of guilt.

In other words, you feel guilty for writing, but you feel guilty for not writing, too!

If this describes you, then tune in as book coach Lidija Hilje gives us some tips for processing (and beating!) feelings of writer’s guilt. 

If your writing practice suffers because–for one reason or another–you feel GULITY taking time for yourself to write, then listen up. 

Writing a book is a difficult and lengthy process, one where the fruit of your labor may be months (or years!) away. Yet a book will never get written if you don’t take the time to sit down and write it. Juggling writing with all the pressures of life can be difficult, even for the best of us. 

Book coach Lidija Hilje left a career in law to pursue her dreams of writing novels and helping others write them. But leaving a career with a paycheck to follow a dream where success isn’t guaranteed can be scary and leave you wracked with guilt. So how did she overcome writer’s guilt, finish her book, and launch a successful coaching business? 

In this workshop she’ll cover:
  • Why we feel guilty about writing (or even just taking time for ourselves)
  • Three common misbeliefs we have about writing 
  • How to debunk those misbeliefs
  • How to actually shift your mindset


Meet Lidija Hilje

In addition to being a book coach, Lidija is also a contemporary/women’s fiction writer, a passionate reader, an attorney at law gone rogue, a psychology enthusiast, an extroverted introvert (or is it the other way around?), and the human condition explorer.

She’s been dealing with stories—one way or the other—for as long as she can remember. In her time spent practicing law, she read each of her cases as if it were a story. Each of them had a specific story problem, a main thread as well as several subplots, main and supporting characters… sound familiar?

Trying cases before courts taught her to always keep the bigger picture in mind while simultaneously paying attention to details—the smaller wheels in motion. It also offered an invaluable insight into human condition—what makes people tick, what motivates them, and how they make sense of their (and other people’s) agendas. The wide variety of cases she worked on (from homicides, rapes, custody cases, to real-estate and inheritance) served as a rich display of human traits and motivation—a deep well she taps into, both as a writer and a book coach.

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Course Includes

  • 2 Lessons