Have you ever thought about writing a book? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of people dream of writing books every year. Still, many people don’t realize that writing a book is more than just putting your thoughts to paper—and it’s certainly not as easy as buying an expensive laptop and pointing its cursor at the screen! Writing is hard work, especially if you want to do it right.
That said: There are many reasons why people choose to write books. I’ve been thinking about this question recently because my own book is coming out soon (yay!). And I’ve learned that there are some compelling reasons why someone would want to write a book and publish it … so much so that most people probably don’t know about them yet! So let’s explore some of those reasons together now!
Your unique story can help others.
You can help people. You have a unique perspective on the world that not everyone has; many people could benefit from that insight. Your story will probably differ from most other people’s in some way, shape, or form. Maybe you have overcome adversity in your life and learned from it, or maybe you have a talent for connecting with others and helping them out of their ruts. Whatever it is that makes you special, and there are probably still others out there who can benefit from hearing about your experience. Write a book about your journey through life and show others how they, too, can overcome obstacles or live their dreams!
Sharing our stories is one of the most powerful things we can do as humans (and writers). We don’t often realize just how much impact our words have on others until we look back at the impact they’ve had on us–but when it comes down to it, writing helps us understand ourselves better than anything else could ever hope to achieve. The more we write down what happened in our own lives and share those experiences with readers who might relate (or even better: don’t relate), the more connected we feel with humanity overall.
It’s a great way to process your emotions.
Writing is a great way to process your emotions. Writing can help you understand yourself better if you’re angry or upset. It can also help you understand other people better and the world around you, as well as your life—all of which could lead to more understanding and, therefore, less anger.
You can change the world.
You could help people in your community, country, or the world. You could help people struggling with the same issues you struggled with. You could help people who are looking for help with their problems. You could help people who are looking for inspiration.
Writing a book is an amazing way to change someone’s life; writing a book can be one of the greatest things you ever do with your time on this earth!
Dealing with overwhelm when You’re an Aspiring Writer
- Write down your goals.
- Write down your progress.
- Write down what you have achieved.
- Write down what you haven’t achieved yet, and why that’s okay.
- Sketch out a very basic plan for how to achieve each goal, as well as some smaller steps in between them (e.g., “write the first draft” might lead to “add character names,” which leads to “look up synonyms for ‘dread'”). In the journal format, this can help you create an actual record of where you are headed with your writing and why—a roadmap through the overwhelm that accompanies big projects like book-writing campaigns!
Despite challenges, many people choose to write a book
- Writing a book is a big commitment. It takes time and effort to write a book—even if you’re just writing for fun. You need to be self-motivated enough to sit down and do it without feeling like it’s too much work or taking up too much of your time.
- Writing requires learning new things. To become an effective writer, you have to keep learning about the craft of writing—what makes good stories great? How do I improve my grammar? What makes me different than other authors? These questions must be answered before they can help make your book stand out from all others on the market today!
- You will have critics! Everyone knows that criticism comes with success in any field, so don’t worry too much about this part (it will just come with success). Be prepared, though, because some people might not like what they see but don’t let them take away from your dream either – everyone has opinions, so don’t let them bring down yours!
Our society needs more books. We need more stories that will help us understand others and ourselves in new ways—stories that can shape our worldviews, open our minds, and give us strength to face the challenges we’re facing today. So if you have a story you want to tell, then go ahead and write it!
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Erica Mongé-Greer, Ph. D. is a lifelong academic and published writer. Her areas of expertise are teaching, coaching, and helping people get their writing projects started, through the writing process, and to the finish line. Erica enjoys spending time with her family when she is not teaching, writing academic papers, or coaching.