Let’s face it. Writing a book is a tremendous undertaking when you first start out. There’s so much to think about! The people, the places, the writing style, the genre, the tense, the plotline, the conversational styles…. I’m not trying to put you off! It’s just that these many many things lead people to ask the question should I write my book?
I am going to give you a list of reasons on why you should start writing that book.
I am also going to give you a list of reasons why you should finish writing that book.
My intention is that by the end of this post you are putting that pen to paper and getting it done.
Why Write It?
It has been said that everybody has a story inside of them. That means you too, and you know it otherwise you wouldn’t be here. You want to write that book, you’re just not sure on the how. Let me give you one piece of advice: if you wait for the right moment to start writing, you’ll never do it. Life is busy, we need to set aside that time to write.
Why should you write your book?
- Because you’ll be accomplishing something you’ve always wanted to do.
- Bragging rights.
- If you don’t write it, no one will.
- Someone needs that book to influence there lives.
- Someone wants your characters to be their friend.
- So you can hold a copy in your hands one day and know you did that.
- Your children ang grandchildren will have something special to remember you by.
- So you can torture children in English class the same way Charles Dickens and Shakespeare did.
Why Finish It?
Oaky so now you have your book, sort off. It still has a long way to go and you are starting to feel like you’ll never get it finished. Maybe it’s time to shelve the idea.
This is the time where you remind yourself why you started writing. Go back and read that first list again. Then think of the following:
- Your characters want to know how this story will turn out as much as you. They can’t finish it without your help.
- Only you really know how this book goes together. Nobody else will do it in the same way!
- Every scene that didn’t work has the power to be the best scene in the book.
- You already have so much figured out, all that work would have been for nothing.
- Every word you write is a step in self discovery. You will read that book in years to come and see facets of yourself in your younger years.
- Someone out there, probably me, is dying to read that book you are currently refusing to finish. You can’t leave me hanging.
Is It Worth It?
Think past the original character struggles and the plot. Think past the hours spent rewriting that chapter for the fourth time. Think past the tears of frustration and the moments of standing over the fireplace deliberating if you should throw it in.
Think about the first time you hold the completed book in your hands.
The first book review that arrives in your inbox telling you how great the story was.
The first time you are browsing recommended books and see yours on the list.
Was it worth it?
Is It Easier Then It Sounds?
Personally I believe this to highly depend on your passion for the project. Say you were writing a book to do with something you don’t read (Romance in my case). Writing that would be a long slog, really hard work with endless research and r-write. It probably wouldn’t turn out very good either.
Now think about the story that’s been in your head since childhood. You’ve made all the characters in your mind, they have all gone through so much with you. The world’s expanded over a boring science lesson and became the games you played in the fields with your friends. Wouldn’t writing that book be so much easier? So much more fun?
One guy explained how easy it is to write a book on PinIt. I want to share that story here:
Don’t Regret It, Embrace It!
Writing is hard work but it is also enjoyable. You will notice mistakes years down the line as you get even better but never regret that first book that you brought to completion.
Rewriting your first book is often a trap that could lead to the books death. Embrace the boldness of your words, use what the experience taught you to continue telling your stories. Someone in the world is listening, forget about everyone else, write for that one person who needs to hear your story. There’s always somebody.
Have you written a book?
Are you just starting out on your book writing journey?
Comment below with your own precious thoughts.
Inspiration While Writing
For those that need that extra motivation when writing a book we have created the perfect notepad. This lined pad is complete with inspirational quotes from other writers throughout to help you keep your head in the game.
I’m sure we can all do with hearing quotes like these:
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” ~ Richard Bach
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou
“The English language is an arsenal of weapons. If you are going to brandish them without checking to see whether or not they are loaded, you must expect to have them explode in your face from time to time.” ~ Stephen Fry