Do you have what it takes to write a book?

Here are 4 questions to ask yourself before you sit down to write a book.

We want to encourage you to share your inspiration and wisdom with the world. (Click here to read our list of 6 reasons for writing.) But we don’t want to lead you down an unhappy path. Before you commit your valuable resources–time, hard work, and money–to a writing project, please consider whether it will be a good investment for you.

1. Are you up to the task of writing a book?

Writing a book is a major project, and a lot of plain hard work. Are you reader to hunker down and work for months, perhaps years, writing and revising and revising and revising? It’s rewarding work, however, and millions of people have managed to finish a book.

2. Do you have a writer’s personality?

Writing is lonely. Are you someone who can work in isolation? Successful writers relish their solitude.

But strangely, writing is also communal. A writer works to facilitate communication, to reach others, to share. Successful writers are highly motivated by a sense of service.

3. Can you handle rejection without crumbling?

The media is brutal. The marketplace is fickle. Not everyone is going to like your work and some people will loudly despise it. Successful writers soldier on, bolstered by their inner convictions.

4. Do you feel inspired, even called, to share your story?

If you are convinced your story needs to be told, because you know it will encourage, motivate or inspire others, you should do one of two things.

It’s perfectly okay if you don’t want to face the challenges of a writer’s life. You don’t have to. It’s your choice, and only you can make it. It should be good news to know that you can share your inspiration without having to do the work of writing.

The best reason to write a book is because writing brings you joy, because the process gives you a sense of fulfillment.

If that’s the case for you, writing is its own reward and publication is icing on the cake.

Click here to read published author Tracy Lee Karner’s blog post in which she encourages writers. And she truthfully lists 3  reasons why writing a book isn’t a suitable occupation for everyone.

What do you think? Do you have the heart and soul of a writer?

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6 comments

    1. It’s clear that you are a writer! Don’t ever lose the love of it. That love of words adds purpose and clarity to our lives.

      We got your last submission. It’s turning into a very busy month, and I can’t promise a quick reply. But just keep writing your book. The outline is coherent. Now you just need to put all the words together.

      Don’t spend too much time fiddling with the first draft–there will be more to come, and perhaps I will be able to give you some suggestions. The goal at this point must be to just complete it.

      By the way–I, too love the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I’ve recently re-read them all. 🙂

      1. Ah, thank you! I’m working on it as able. Likely having surgery next week so I may either be out of commission for a while, or be stuck in bed with lots of time on my hands. We shall see. I’ve read the Little House series at least twice just in my adult years, I love her 🙂 Thank you for your kind words and advice!

  1. Thanks for linking to my blog! I really appreciate it.

    Oh, yeah, I think I have the heart and soul of a writer–I tried for years NOT to write, but I writing is how I process and think, and what I love to do. I never get tired of writing.

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