Let’s explore why you are writing a book. It is, I believe a very personal journey and one that you need to get right, otherwise, your book will never get written.
I have a few books that I have written that are not published, but writing them was deeply cathartic and at the time that was incredibly important.
My latest book Blog Your Book in 30-Days is as you can see very much connected to my business. I’ve enjoyed writing and blogging this book while creating a course of the same name. It has a real purpose. I knew exactly what I wanted to achieve when I started the project.
Find your why and it will be easier to write – I promise.
About You and Why You Are Writing A Book
You will, of course, have noticed that books don’t write themselves, you do need that all-important ingredient called motivation. Motivation starts, I believe with getting your head around the why of your book.
Why do you want to write a book?
This is a great question. Why oh why do you want to write a book?
Write because what you have to say matters to you and your ideal reader. Write because it fulfils a purpose and certainly write because you want to make an impact with your word.
Writing a book will help you to find your voice and your message, or at least clarify it.
And a book will help you to be seen as an expert and that increases your credibility and desirability.
How do you perceive writing a book will change your life?
Writing a book will change your life in many ways. First and foremost you will learn new skills and find resources that you didn’t know that you possessed.
You will heal because writing is cathartic. Of course, this depends on what type of book you are writing.
When you become better known you will attract more of your ideal client to you and that will certainly change your life.
Why do you want to share your story, knowledge, skills or experience?
For me, I am an educator so I want to teach you what I know. I also want to inspire and entertain you.
Most of all I want to inspire you to know that you can whatever it is I am writing about.
I believe there is little point keeping what you know to yourself. Knowledge is meant to be shared.
How do you feel about sharing your words?
I invite you to fully connect to this question. You may be feeling scared and asking who am I to be doing this? This is good old imposter syndrome. I understand this and it is quite common.
One of the things I suggest to my clients is to create a book cover journal so that they have been through the process of publishing and get to hold their book in their hands. When they come to do it for real it’s not so bad.
I’d hope that you are feeling excited and looking forward to sharing your words. Embrace your butterflies and enjoy the process.
Why are you the best person to be writing this book?
You are the best person because this is your story, knowledge, skills and experience shared in your unique way.
What else? Own this because it’s important.
Are you writing a book you would like to read?
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” –Stephen King
First of all look at your bookcase and grab some books that you have really enjoyed reading. What do you love?
- Short chapters?
- Good storytelling?
- Case studies?
- Intriguing questions?
Then consider the books that you didn’t enjoy and ask why?
Next, the kind of book that you are going to write will depend on your purpose, business, goals and what you want to create in the world.
I always say to my clients, why write a book that you wouldn’t enjoy reading.
In the past, I have written a few healing memoirs and never published. They weren’t right for me. Just recently I have been looking at these and working out how I could turn them into journaling books.
I love books which are story and self help with a section on questions for my journal.
What do you love?
Naturally, you can write any book because you want to. Writing should be fun and if you want to write something for pleasure – then do so. Just know why.
Ready to make an impact? Book in a call and lets explore how you can create an impact with your book (or blog).