Yes, there IS a 6th Mental Monster

If you’ve been around my little corner of the internet at all, you’ll have heard me talk about the 5 Mental Monsters that Keep You from Writing Your Book. (Find them here:

They can be big and scary and keep you stuck.

But today, I wanted to introduce you to the SIXTH mental monster.

This guy – as cute and adorable as he may appear – shows up when you least expect it… just as all your dreams are on the cusp of coming true.

Mental Monster #6 shows up at the very end.

And he whispers…


Don’t finish.
Don’t publish.
Don’t be seen.


Mental Monster #6 feels like you’re about to walk around naked – with your dreams and hopes and ideas hanging out for the world to see.

It wants to keep you from actually sharing your message with the world.

It shows up in the form of endlessly tweaking and fiddling with your writing, the layout, the cover. It shows up in the dark of the night when you’re anxious about people reading and liking and buying the book.

It whispers in ears of all of us.

Don’t let it.

If Rochelle Seltzer had listened to Mental Monster #6 when he came around… the world wouldn’t have “Live Big: A Manifesto for a Creative Life”.

If Nancy Klotz had listened to Mental Monster #6… she wouldn’t be a best-selling author AND women all over wouldn’t be harnessing the power of community.

If Chris Schopen had listened to Mental Monster #6… her book wouldn’t be translated into Spanish and ready to impact more families who have experienced abuse.

If Camden Hoch had listened to Mental Monster #6… she wouldn’t have found her own healing and wouldn’t be sharing healing and hope with the world in “Roadmap to Radiance”.

When you’re at the end of the writing or starting publishing and Mental Monster #6 starts his sibilant swishing in your ear, masquerading as staying safe and being unseen…

Don’t let him.

Kim Galloway
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