Nine Reasons Why You Should Write a Book
In 2011 there were 292,037 new books published in America. This was more than any other nation at the time and does not even count magazines and periodicals. With this many books published, one could be lead to believe that book writing is easy.
However, as most of us know, writing a book is no easy task. For many people, book writing is akin to running a marathon. It's something that takes a very long time to prepare for and even longer to accomplish successfully. It takes strong conviction and will to succeed and the ability to resist giving up when things get tough. Even though writing a good book can be difficult for most people, it's still a great achievement that is within everyone's reach. If you're struggling to find motivation to write your first book, here are nine reasons why you start writing one today:
You Could Make a lot of Money
One of the first things that most people will think of when discussing reasons to write a book is the possibility of making a significant amount of money. We've all heard of stories of authors making it big by writing really good books. You've probably heard of J.K. Rowling and E.L. James. Both of the authors made it big in recent times and became millionaires because of the books they wrote. Realistically though, making money with books is very tough. Each year thousands of books never get published and many of the books that do either never make a profit or do very poorly. However, in the end this shouldn't be your sole reason for writing. If you are passionate about writing and really believe in yourself, you stand a much greater chance of being successful.
It's on Your Bucket list
Many people have a bucket list containing a bunch of things that they want to accomplish or experience before they pass away. Just like running a marathon, skydiving and traveling the world, writing a book is on a large percentage of people's bucket lists. It's certainly on my list of things to do before I die. Even if the book that you one day write is short and silly, at least you can say that you actually wrote one.
To Leave a Legacy
One of the greatest things that you can do for your kids and family before you pass away is to leave them a legacy. This can easily be accomplished by writing a book. Most likely this would be an autobiography, but it doesn't have to be. If you enjoy writing stories then you could create one using yourself as the main character. I once read about a guy who wrote an entire set of children's book for his grandkids. This books contained real life stories that consisted of him learning about life growing up. Not only were these enjoyable stories great for the grandkids to read, but it helped bring them closer as a family. And after the grandfather passes away, his stories could be celebrated for years to come. If you write a journal or blog, then writing a legacy book may be as simple as combining all of your writing into one document. Wouldn't it be great to do something similar for your family?
To Teach Others Your Ideas
One of the worst things that can happen to someone in life is to be completely misunderstood. Writing a book is a great way to explain yourself, your point of view, and inevitably teach others about your ideas. Books allow creative freedom not generally allowed in most other forms of expression. This allows the author to express themselves fully and completely before being challenged. Since writing a book takes time, you will most likely generate a well written and thoroughly researched piece. For controversial issues and opinions this is very important as it allows you to get your point across before being criticized.
To Learn Something New
One thing that I've learned by writing a lot is that doing so teaches you new things. I have learned so many things just by writing on this site alone that I am literally surprised. When I first started creating content for the Internet I never thought that I would learn so many new things. It's ironic because when you start writing a book or article you believe that you know it all. But once you dive into the details of your writing you realize that you need to do some research to back up your statements or elaborate on specific topics. In the end writing teaches you new things which will ultimately help you become a better version of yourself.
To Clear Your Mind
Do you ever have trouble sleeping at night because you have so much going on in your mind? Writing is a great way to get those ideas and thoughts out of your head an onto a piece of paper. For a lot of people, writing a way to clear their mind, relax, and escape the realities of life. If you were to become enthralled in the details of writing a book, it could help you cope with the things that are troubling you. Not only that, but some of the greatest stories ever written have come from author's who were simply trying to clear their mind.
To Become Famous (or Just Well Known)
If you are good writer, you will eventually become famous. Perhaps you won't ever be as well known as authors like Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, or Mark Twain, but your words will undoubtedly touch the lives of many people. For those people whose lives you impacted, you will become known to them as an author. Your readers will talk about your writing and may even share it with others. This is precisely the definition of fame, and the thought of it is enough to motive many people to write.
To Start a Revolution
Every once in a while a book comes along that starts a revolution or new movement among people. These are the kind of books that have a significant impact on society which changes the way we live. Famous examples of revolutionary works include Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" or George Orwell's "1984." Another famous book that started a revolution is the Bible. Even one of the world's most evil leader's wrote a book that helped lead him toward a revolution. Many people could even argue that the "Harry Potter" book series created a sort of revolution among young readers. Whatever your opinion on this is, you can't argue that they did have an impact on pop culture and society. So if you are looking to start your own revolution, perhaps writing a book is the way to go.
Pride and a Sense of Achievement
Even if you don't become famous or make any money writing a book you will still have a great sense of achievement and can take pride in yourself for accomplishing something that very few people ever do. Much like the marathon metaphor I spoke of earlier, sometimes the feeling of achieving something great is all that someone needs to be motivated to write. When I think about my own book writing endeavors, a sense of self pride is probably my number motivation for writing. I really relish the idea of accomplishing something as great as writing a book.