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.
- Write it yourself;
- or do what thousands of others with a great a story have done. Hire a ghost writer. Here’s how that works.
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.