Do you aspire to write a book but are struggling to start because you don't know your reason for doing so?
You know you can do it, but there may be a little voice inside your head that keeps telling you to wait, or that you aren't a good enough writer, or that you're just too busy.
Yes, writing a book can feel like a daunting task, but it's also an incredibly powerful tool for sharing your message.
Are you ready to learn 7 reasons why you should write a book this year?
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Books can have a huge impact on people's lives.
Think about the most important book that you've ever read. How did it make you feel? The power of books is unmeasurable. I have dedicated my life and my work to personal growth and development. Reading has been a powerful tool that has allowed me to learn more about myself, others, and the world. But don’t take it from me. Here’s what the late and famed scientist, Carl Sagan, had to say:
“What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person… Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other… A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”
A lot of people ask me, “Stefan, how do I write a book?” I've written and published quite a few books of my own. Over the years, I've shared my process for writing and publishing best-selling books on Amazon. As a result, I've helped a lot of writers become successful Kindle publishers.
Despite this, I know all too well the difficulties that you can face when writing a book for the first time. The biggest mistake that I see a lot of writers make is that they try to cram too much information into one book. When you take this approach, it's easy to get stuck on an idea, ruminate about the topic, procrastinate, and then stop altogether.
As Steven Wright once said, “I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.” Your first book doesn't have to be a masterpiece. Don't get hung up on writing a best-seller right out of the gate. All that matters is that you just start and don't stop.
Let's take a step back for a moment. Before you can sit down and write a book, it's important that you have a strong enough why for doing so. I want you to successfully finish a book that you are proud of. Here are 7 reasons why you should write a book this year.
1. It Provides A Platform To Share Your Story
According to the esteemed psychologist, Dr. Dan McAdams, the deepest level of our identity is our “narrative identity.” Everybody has a life story that they hold in their hearts that articulates where they have come from, where they are now, and where they are going. This life story is just like any other story. It follows an exciting plot, features main and supporting characters, and has lessons to learn.
Writing can be extremely cathartic. In fact, research shows that emotional, autobiographical storytelling can be a path to truly owning your story. As a writer, vulnerability is one of your most powerful tools. Not only that, but it is also the most beautiful form of human self-expression.
Humans love hearing stories because it gives them a sense of unity, clarity, and purpose. So, what better way to provide that gift to the world than to write your own story in a book? Not only will you help others to relate their lives to yours, but you’ll also bring a psychological boost to your own life as well!
2. It Allows You To Make Passive Income
A little extra money never hurt anybody, whether that's to pay your bills more easily, treat yourself to something nice, or to save for the future (or maybe for all of these!). Writing a book is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make passive income. I’m not talking about a few dollars here and there… I’m talking about building an online business model that has the potential to make you a lot of money.
The self-publishing age is here and it continues to grow every year. According to the latest report from ProQuest affiliate, Bowker, more than 1 million books were self-published in 2017. There is no doubt that there has never been a better time to write a book.
It's important to realize that a lot of people don't have the attention span for books that are longer than 100 pages. When you start writing your book, don't fall into the trap of assuming that long is good. In actuality, short eBooks sell better than longer novels. I have been able to create a 6-figure book publishing business, selling short Kindle ebooks and audiobooks. How would it feel to have these kinds of earnings in your bank account?
Of course, eBooks aren’t the only way to make passive income. You can also take the more traditional route of paper publishing. J.K. Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter books, now has a net worth of almost $1 billion after being poor when she first began writing. It worked for her. There's no reason why it can't work for you as well.
In all of these cases, however, it’s the same: Once you’ve written your book, you keep making money from it every time someone buys a copy. Compare that to any other job where you have to work for someone else in order to get your monthly paycheck. Making money while you sleep is a sweet deal.
3. It Positions You as an Expert
I believe that writing a book is one of the best ways to build credibility and position yourself as an expert in your industry. Ever since I became a published author, my opportunities have increased tenfold. As a result, I have been able to expand my area of influence.
Let’s face it, knowledge is power. Not only have my books allowed me to reach my target audience, but they have also attracted a whole range of new followers as well. More reach means more opportunities. It’s time for you to become a thought leader in your niche. Maybe it’s a life philosophy you’ve adopted, maybe it’s a challenge that you've overcome, or maybe it’s a new way of mastering habits that have transformed your life.
Whatever it is, I know that you have something that people could learn from you. You’re already an expert at something. Go ahead and write about it. When you add value to the world on a consistent basis, over time you are deemed to be a credible and trust-worthy person. There is no greater honor.
4. It Gives You a Sense of Accomplishment
In their ground-breaking research on self-determination theory, psychologists Dr. Edward Deci and Dr. Richard Ryan found that people have a fundamental need to feel competent. In other words, they want to feel as if they are achieving worthy goals. Without fulfilling this need, it will feel as if you are missing something in your life.
Think about the times when you felt sluggish and procrastinated. Didn’t feel that great, right? Now think about times when you were completely in the zone and checking off everything on your to-do list. That’s what it feels like to fulfill your need for competence. Or in other words, your need for accomplishment.
The great news is that you can fulfill this basic need for accomplishment by writing a book. Just imagine writing that last sentence now. How amazing would that feel? It might sound hard right now, but once you break it down, you begin to realize that it isn't all that daunting. If you write one page a day, you’ll have a 365-page book in a year! If you write two pages every day, you’ll have reached that milestone in half a year. It's all about perspective.
5. It Teaches You To Be A Better Reader
The best communicators are the best listeners. The best painters are the best observers. And the best writers are the best readers. Like any art, the best books are created from the inspiration gained by studying the great books that have already been written. Are there any books you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten around to yet?
Now is your chance to because it will make you a better writer. By reading great books, you’ll learn the tricks of the trade and start to appreciate the little things that only other writers would appreciate. Soon, you’ll have a library in your head ready to pour out into a book of your own.
6. It Challenges You To Grow
What’s the last thing you did that really challenged you? Think about bodybuilders. Week in and week out they show up for themselves. They possess sheer determination and persistence and stop at nothing to build their physical and mental strength. The fact of the matter is that you can only grow by challenging yourself. No pain, no gain.
If you want to transform yourself, then you've got to be willing to step outside of your comfort zone and do something that scares you. Writing a high-quality book requires a lot of self-discipline, effort, and commitment. Researching, writing, editing, re-writing, adhering to deadlines, crafting ideas, and then spending time putting it all together into a final manuscript is a lot of work.
However, I believe that when you truly want something, you will do whatever it takes to make it happen. Trust me when I say that it's all worth it when you finally see the end product and find out that people are receiving value from it. There is no greater feeling knowing that your work is impacting lives.
7. It Allows You To Make An Impact
When Malala Yousafzai was just 11, she wrote a blog exposing the grueling details of her everyday grind living under the terrifying Taliban rule in Pakistan. A few years later, she was on a bus going home after writing an exam. But this wasn’t a normal bus ride. She was shot and hit in the head by Taliban assailants because of her activism. Miraculously, she survived.
But she didn’t stop there. She began advocating for everyone’s right to have an education. Overnight, she became famous around the world for the impact that her message had. She then wrote a book called, I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, which quickly became an international best-seller. In 2014, at the age of 17, she became the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Many people would want to go into hiding after such a brutal attack. Some would even aggressively retaliate against those who tried to hurt them. But Malala did something unique and special; she used her ideas to inspire change and action in the world through advocacy and writing a book.
In her words: “Let us pick up our books and pens. They are the most powerful weapons.” Malala is a shining example of the change that is possible through words. You too can change the world. Go ahead and start writing.
There has never been a better time to write a book.
Like I said above, writing a book doesn’t have to be hard. It all starts with that first word. By the end of it, you’ll surprise yourself how much you learned along the way. As I always say, it's not what you are, but who you become that matters most.
So, what’s stopping you? Discover your message and share it with the world. I trust that you will impact the lives of others. I can’t wait to read your book.
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