Do you have any desire to be an author…to make a living writing about things you know, enjoy or care about? You may like the idea of getting paid for sitting at your home writing and working on your own time schedule, or you may have something that you feel the world needs to hear! You are not alone; many people desire to write. But amazingly, while 81% of Americans say they’d like to write a book, only a few ever take a step towards making it happen. It’s not rocket science – it’s just a process.
I encourage you to approach your writing of a book as a business proposal. Too often authors write a book like
many artists paint a picture, just hoping that it will get noticed or that someone will want to purchase it. I suggest that you are much more strategic about the process of writing. You are about to invest a significant amount of time and energy; thus, it’s reasonable to ask yourself these ten questions:
- Does writing this book align with your purpose in life?
- Will it be an expression of your passion?
- What is the purpose of this book? Why do you feel compelled to write it?
- Who are you writing this book for? What are the characteristics of a person who will definitely want to read it?
- Do you have the skills to turn this into a meaningful work?
- Why are you so eager to use this form of getting your message out?
- Has your message already been written? What is remarkable about your additions to that message?
- Can you create income by doing this? Passion and talent are fine but by themselves do not necessarily generate income.
- How does being an author fit into your overall business and career?
- If you have a plan, what’s stopping you from starting now?
I love the process of writing – and spend more than 50% of my time doing just that. I love reading related books for research, I love the solitude in my country office, and I love the process of seeing my writing come to life in books, manifestos and informational manuals.
Answer these 10 questions and you can join me in the wonderful world of writing. Check out our Write to the Bank event to shorten the process and meet others who can open the right doors.
“The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains proves he has no brain of his own.”
Charles H. Spurgeon