Should You Write a Book? Here’s 8 Questions to Ask Yourself First.
Firstly, the word ‘should’ in the question of ‘Should you write a book?’ places a lot of pressure on a person. Instead, let’s use the word ‘could’, because this means that if you decide you can write a book that it’s entirely up to you whether you do – no pressure.
1) Who is your reader?
2) Why do you want to write a book?
3) How do you think you can meet this need?
4) What aspects of your story meet reader needs and desires?
5) Is your story based on experience?
6) Are you confident in sharing your experience?
7) Have you written before?
8) Does writing a book scare you?
What makes a book interesting, compelling and worthwhile is a story that’s relatable to the reader. Relatability, is in fact, one of the most important elements to consider. It’s the difference between investing in a character you don’t have anything in common with, and investing in one that you see yourself in. In the real world, it’s unlikely that we would form friendships with people that we have nothing in common with. Imagine the conversation. Would there be any common ground to get a conversation started? When writing a book, a reader wants to find that common ground.
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As someone who is questioning writing a book, you need to see that common ground before you set out on the writing journey.
Here are 8 questions to consider if you think you could write a book:
1) Who is your reader? First and foremost, the answer to this question is paramount as the rest of the journey will be influenced by what they need and desire most.
2) Why do you want to write a book? What is it that you feel you want to share? Does your answer link back to your answer in question one. Is it meeting a need or desire of the reader?
3) How do you think you can help meet this need? Why you? Why your story? This is not to derail you into thinking you’re not special enough – this question is to empower you so that you find the value in your story and why you’re the best person to meet this reader need.
4) What aspects of your story meet the reader needs and desires? Having a clear understanding of what these aspects are will act as guide posts to fuel your intention and meet demand.
5) Is you story based on your experience? As an author, you will be seen as a voice of authority, whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction. It comes with the territory. If you can produce your book based on experience, whether that be wanting to write a book to inspire others to be better versions of themselves, or a book that follows the adventures of woman exploring what the world has to offer and discovering the gift of self is the greatest discovery of all, the content of this story needs to be shared with deep understanding of self, and the reader, and emotional intelligence at the varying stages of the story. It is experience which gives stories depth. What we can say with our heart speaks louder and clearer than another other language.
6) Are you confident in sharing your experience? Not just the good stuff, but the sad times and moments of vulnerability that may have crippled you? These moments go hand in hand with the success of whatever realisation came in the end. These two form a partnership: vulnerability equals courage. Are you ready to share EVERYTHING for the greater good of your reader?
7) Have you written before? This is actually of no bearing and I wanted to raise it as a question to highlight that it isn’t important if you’ve never written. You can be taught how to do the creative technical stuff that wields a great story – what you can’t be shown is how to write with heart. Set the intention. This one you have to feel your way through. If you’re prepared to write your story with heart, no previous training is required to write a book. You can learn skills along the way for all the other stuff.
8) Does writing a book scare you? Feeling afraid of exposure is quite normal, and if you decide to write this book, you will become aligned with it’s purpose, and that purpose will be your driving force. This will help you to discover the right people for your story. Once you identify them, fear will turn into purpose.
Each of these questions link back to question one in some way or other because your intention to write this book, your experience that supports you to write this book, and your heart that will help you write this book, all link into your reader. Who are they and what do they need from you?
If you answered all of these questions and are able to link back to your audience in how you can meet a need in their lives, then the answer is YES, you could write a book.
The only question left is, WILL YOU?
Respectfully Your Guide,