WHY DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK?by Sherrie Clark
While growing up and into my adult years, I remember hearing my mother frequently proclaim, “I want to write a book.” Sadly she never got around to it. When she died of cancer at the early age of sixty-five, she literally took that book with her to the grave. As a result, no one will be able to read the message she had always wanted to share.
The facts are that just about everybody has a book inside of them, but very few actually write it. Just like my mother, so many people have taken their books to the grave with them, and we’ll never know what we missed from not reading their words.
So why are people not writing their books? There are many reasons, and one reason I think that sits at the top of the list is fear…fear of not knowing what to do, fear of not be able to complete it, and/or fear that people won’t like their book.
I once heard someone say that when the passion, desire, need becomes larger than the fear, then you’ll be able to push through and prevail. In other words, when the reasons underlying your desire to write a book become greater than the fear of writing your book, then that desire will overcome that fear, and you will succeed in getting your words into the hands of readers.
So think about it. What’s your reason for wanting to write a book? Is it to share a testimony of what has happened to you? Do you want to establish yourself as an expert and/or build credibility in a certain field? A book is a great way to do this.
Do you have a business, ministry, or organization and feel a book will compliment it? It will. Furthermore, a book is a great way to brand yourself as an author ready to be published in any field. Are you passionate about something, maybe a craft or losing weight, and you want to teach others how to do that craft or how to lose that weight? Have you learned a lesson(s) in life that you feel compelled to teach others so that they don’t make the same mistakes and will know how to help themselves?
Have others been telling you that you need to write a book? Do you want to make extra money to either supplement or replace your current income? A book can do that, and sometimes can do it substantially if done correctly, and there’s nothing wrong with having that aspiration.
But whatever your reason for wanting to write a book, focus on it, dwell on it, and get ‘er done!