Imagine that you're talking to a friend who's being awfully hard on herself. What would you say to her? Now turn that kindness and compassion inward.
Next, nobody ever writes "Write my book" on their to-do list on Monday and then crosses it off on Friday. It just doesn't happen. Break down your writing project into as many small steps as you can think of. Your steps should be as concrete as find two competing books, research statistics on fuel usage in New York City from 1950 to 1990, brainstorm chapter titles, write the introduction. Put each step on an index card. Then put the cards in order. Take the top three, and that becomes your current to-do list for this project.
Finally, and this is the important part that almost everyone misses: When you complete one of those action steps, celebrate it. Give yourself a pat on the back. Call your staunchest supporter and crow!!! Cross it off the list with glee. Put a gold star on that index card. Truly let it sink in that you're making strides in this project.
Following these three steps will keep you moving, and eventually, you'll get to your destination.