Everyone has a story to tell, and many people fantasize about writing a book. If you have been toying with that idea, you’re probably stuck on the question: “Should I write a book?”. Say no more… In this post, I’m going to walk you through your options and help you decide whether or not you should do it. But first, grab a cup of coffee, because this is one of the most important decisions you’re going to make in your life.
Why Should I Write a Book?
You’ve probably spent a lot of time conceptualizing your thoughts, and then you spent more time agonizing about whether you should actually write a book or not. According to expert in human behavior, Anthony Robbins, people do things for one of two reasons; to gain pleasure, or to avoid pain. Why should you write your book? My guess would be:
- share your thoughts,
- explain how to do something,
- make money from an idea,
- become famous,
- or to simply tell a story.
Your reason for writing the book should be the driving force behind your motivation to get into action. Always keep your reason at the forefront of all the decisions you will make throughout the writing, publishing and book selling process.
Since becoming the Editing Queen, I have had the good fortune of working with many authors and passionate writers just like you. Some were already published when they came to me, but most of them had never written an essay since leaving school. However, they asked “Why should I write a book?” and the universe delivered astounding answers.
I’ve advised on their self-help books, proofread their debut novels and edited their biographies. I have built special relationships with them, seen them achieve, and consulted with them on other projects. I’ve written three books of my own, and sold a few copies without much marketing at all. Right now, I’m working on a book about how to write a book and save on editing fees.
Now, I’m not telling you all of this to boast about my accomplishments, but to let you know that, just like my authors, you have the potential to be a force for good in the world. Also, I’m sharing this to give you some perspective so that you know where you’re at amidst your fellow authors. Everyone who wants to write a book starts out unsure with a blank page.
Should I Really Write a Book?
There’s no right or wrong answer, unfortunately. It’s all dependent on where you’re at, and to discover the answer to that, I’m going to ask you three questions.
Question 1: Do you want to write a book because you think you have something to offer?
Could your story provide an education, entertainment or tell a story people should know?
Most would-be writers answer with an unequivocal YES! If that’s you, I’d like to congratulate you. I’d like to help you establish the skills or lead you to ideas to help you improve your skills and turn your blank sheet into a best-seller.
If you *think* you have a story to tell, or information to share, but you’re not sure, I urge you to go to your local library. Look at the different titles, and you’ll wonder “Who actually READS these books?”. Hopefully that will take you from “I don’t know” to “If they can do it, so can I!”.
If you truly don’t believe that you have it in you and that you lack the skills, creativity or life experience to write a book, I get it. While I understand your sentiment, I hope you will allow me to disrespectfully disagree. I think you have much more to contribute than you might realize. Perhaps you just need a little push in the right direction (to the second level) before you start realizing how valuable your story – your life experience – can be.
Question 2: What is the greatest obstacle you’re facing in your quest to write a book?
You’re reading this post, because at some level, you want to be a best-selling author.
About a third of all my readers won’t have any issues. You just want to know that you can do it, and perhaps how to do it, and you’ll go ahead and do it. Go on, rock star! You’re in the right place, and I’m here to help you, if you need me.
A fair amount of you may have some doubt and fear getting in the way. I can honestly say that almost every author goes through that self-doubt early on. You may think you’re not good enough. That’s a topic I’m going to cover in my upcoming book.
A smaller amount of you may have tried to write a book in the past, and failed, for whatever reason. You have the fire burning inside of you, but you don’t want to fail again. I appreciate your stance, because I’ve been there. I’ve written books, just to change my perspective again. I have about 5 half-written drafts and even more outlines.
It’s common for aspiring writers to turn their backs on writing after a mistake. I’ve been there, but the truth is that you will make mistakes. However, if you know the keys to successfully writing and selling a book, you will create a rock solid foundation. You will be able to get back on track quickly, before your mistakes affect you negatively.
Many aspiring authors have lots of questions, which large publishing houses don’t have the time to answer. Well, I’m here to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. Like you, I have sent out dozens of emails without a single response. Unless you send money first, you won’t hear from them. Get in touch – let’s see how I can help you.
Question 3: Are you open to learning the ins and outs of how to write a book, publish it, and market it to become a best-seller?
Of course, the majority of readers will say YES! That’s great, but not really surprising, because I tend to attract the nicest authors and I’m sure we will have a great relationship, whether you’re here to gain some info, or to get me to work with you on your book.
About a tenth of everyone reading this post will be happy to read all the info on my site, and even my upcoming book about how to write a book (the irony!) and make up your mind at the end of it all. I agree with this sensible approach of learning everything you can, and then deciding what is useful to you. That attitude will stand you in good stead!
A teeny percentage of you are reading this, but feeling awfully sceptical. You don’t like to stray from the common path, and will rather take the rejection from large commercial editors, publishers and agencies than going through the discomfort you feel in searching for an alternative option.
So You Don’t REALLY Want to Write a Book…
I’m guessing that, perhaps you’re just kidding about not being open-minded, in which case, the joke’s on me. Well played! But if you prefer to close your mind off to the possibility of making your dream of writing your book and possibly becoming a best-selling author a reality, I’m going to offer you an idea:
You’re more than welcome on my site. You’re welcome to read my soon-to-be-released book about how to write a book, but to be honest, you may have difficulty finding valuable information in there, as a closed-minded attitude does not allow in anything other than preconceived notions. If you already know everything there is to know and you have made the decision to not pursue this dream, then don’t waste your time here. Find a different way to make a difference and to use your skills, talents and experience for good in a way that you find more valuable.
However, if you’re a little curious, I invite you to stick around. Browse the site, and – who knows – maybe you will open up to the possibilities that are available to you. Perhaps you’ll find something that you have not considered before.
For those of you who are serious about writing a book, no matter what stage you are in, get in touch with your questions, and we will gladly assist.