5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Write a Book
Writing a book might seem like it’s out of your reach. It’s only for experts or MFA graduates. Maybe you think you aren’t smart enough, creative enough, or that your life just isn’t interesting enough. I don’t need to know you to say that this just isn’t true. Everyone has a story to share, and today I will address 5 reasons you, and everyone else should write a book.
Because you want to. Wishing that you had written a book is a common deathbed confession. But you don’t have to wait until the end, you can write a book right now. If you are reading this blog, I can assume that you want to or at the very least considering writing a book. That’s not only a good enough reason, it’s the best one.
Everyone one has a unique story or perspective. If you are one of those people who think their lives aren’t interesting enough, I will assure you that this feeling is normal. I would say many people feel that way, and those people could be your audience. People don’t always pick up a book to be taught or to be surprised, sometimes readers prefer something they can relate to, “comfort food.” On the other end of the spectrum, maybe you think your story is too unique that no one could relate. Maybe they can’t, but that might be the exact reason they pick up your book. To explore a new culture, from the comfort of their kindle.
Your story can inspire the next generation. I know sometimes it’s hard to distinguish the significance of your life while you are living it. The monotony of the day-to-day can fog your view of the great things you’ve achieved, seen, or are capable of creating. But you are capable, and you have successes. At the very least, you are alive right now to read this article. Your life, no matter where it falls on the boring-exciting spectrum, someone, one day, can learn from you. Let me also say that there are two ways to learn from people: you either aspire to be like them, or you fight to make sure you are as different from them as possible, and both are useful. Another reason that this is so important is because a book, especially a memoir, is like a time capsule. Future people will see how we live, think, and feel, unfiltered by the passing of time. It’s a way that everyone can leave their mark and story for the next generation.
Writing is cathartic. Please don’t discredit doing something because it feels good, and writing feels amazing. Being able to express how you feel, what you think, or even create an entirely new world, is one of the best feelings ever. And sharing it with the world, although nerve racking and humbling, is so exhilarating. Those who have already published no exactly what I mean, and if you haven’t but this resonates with you, you should be writing a book. Come on, do it!
Value. “You won’t get rich writing books.” If you’ve been reading up on becoming an author for any amount of time, I am sure that you have heard this phrase. Is it impossible to make a living out of writing? Well, people do it every day, but the naysayers will point out that there are significantly more that don’t make any at all. No one can predict where you would fall on that spectrum. But the reason I listed Value as a reason for writing a book is because being published (traditionally or self-published) immediately gives you an air of authority. Countless people have leveraged their books to attract customers for their “day job.” Others use them as springboards for new careers. The sky’s the limit; once you have written a book, you can do anything else.
I understand it might be difficult to start. Over 80% of people want to write a book, but less than 1% will, and that’s because it’s hard. You can ask anyone from the vets to the first-time author and they will all say that this is difficult. Most will also say that it is worth it. And I will tell you right now that it is possible. We live in a time where we can learn to do anything, most of the time without leaving our homes. Thanks internet. There're books and videos and blogs that go over tips, tools, mindset, and writing software. And although these things are useful, the first step is to decide that you have a story worth telling. I believe you do!
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