Many people want to write a book, but very few do. Why? Because it’s hard and it can take a long time to complete. Would-be authors just procrastinate on writing.
It’s time to shed those hinderances preventing your from writing your book and finally put your thoughts down on paper already.
Write That Book
Write that book you’ve always wanted to. It won’t be easy, but that in itself is a good enough reason to do something—to push yourself, expand your boundaries, and propel you to the next level.
Here are six reasons it’s time to finally write that book.
1. Instant credibility
Writing a book is a great way to get yourself some serious credibility in the business world. Think about it, you’ll be able to say “I wrote the book on that.”
“You can really establish yourself as an authority on a topic, especially if you’re delving into new topics that haven’t been covered a lot,” says Dorothy Limones, editor at an online magazine.
“You can use your book to promote your business while building up a professional reputation at the same time,” she adds.
“You’ll be able to introduce yourself as an author, and that’s quite the first impression.”
2. It’s a great creative outlet
Many people have a ton of creativity in them, but they let it go to waste. Writing a book gives you an opportunity to actually channel that creativity into something that can benefit you and others.
Writing can be a very pure form of expression. You can write about whatever you want, and there’s no reason anyone has to be stifling you and trying to change your ideas.
You’ve probably got a few stories kicking around in your head that you’ve been working on, but putting off. Now is the time to take one of those stories and bring it to life, and that can be a very rewarding experience.
3. You’ll form some good habits
You will pick up some good habits as you write your book. You’ll be planning outlines, creating rough drafts, editing, proofreading and many other things that require you to put in the effort to create a well-written and polished book.
Writing takes discipline. It really does take discipline to use your leisure time, when maybe you’d rather be binge watching a show on Netflix, to work on a project. You’ll find yourself getting better at planning out your day, and possibly becoming more productive in other areas of your life, as well.
4. You’ll redefine your capabilities
Misogi is a Japanese Shinto practice that alludes to taking on a challenge that has a high chance of failure in order to redefine in your mind what you are capable of.
Writing a book is a massive undertaking that’s similar to Misogi, and therefore a great opportunity for finding your limits and growing. This doesn’t mean you will fail in your goal of finally writing a book. All it means is that if writing a book seems like an overwhelming task, then that is reason enough to do it.
By the end of your journey finally writing that book, you’ll be amazed at how much work it was, but also feeling like an absolute boss.
5. Prove naysayers and doubters wrong
Maybe you’ve had some people put you down and laugh at your intention to write a book. Well, it’s time to show them just how wrong they were.
Imagine the look on their face when you’ve finished your story and call actually call yourself an author. After all, the best revenge is living well.
6. Gain a sense of purpose
Writing a book will make you feel like you’re on a mission, and have a sense of purpose. You’ve got a goal that you’re working towards and that’s always a good thing. Every day you’ll move a little closer to realizing your dream, and that’s a great way to progress in life.
If you’re not feeling satisfied with your current life situation, writing a book is a great way to refocus your mind on something productive. You'll get back on track so you're feeling creative again and you'll leave a positive mark in the world.
If you struggle with writer’s block while writing, you can always remember that you had a very good reason for starting the journey, and that will help you push on and build some serious character.
Writing a book can be a very rewarding experience: You’ll test your abilities and capabilities. You'll overcome your perceived limitations. You’ll enjoy a sense of purpose. You’ll have fun.
Writing that book may be a difficult task, but that’s exactly why you should do it.