Friday, January 13, 2017
Which Of These 6 Reasons Inspires You To Write Books?
I believe there are just six reasons why people write books but I imagine it is some combination of them that moves most authors to sacrifice time, mental capacity, and resources to write, promote, and market a book. So why do people risk disappointment, public ridicule, and financial debt to get a book published?
In no set order, it comes down to this:
One can write books with the hopes of fixing a problem, helping another, saving the world, changing minds, nourishing souls, sparking debate, or comforting others. Books can inspire, enlighten, educate, and challenge us. They make us aware of what was and shows what could be. Books can be magical, changing the lives of readers, and in turn, make our society a better one. At the very least, they offer an escape and entertainment, but they can, also teach us and impact our lives immediately.
You can write books to sell them. You can write books that help sell other things, as well. A book can simply be another product, one that can be sold for a profit and treated like a widget. A book may seem like it represents art or some high form of creativity, but at its base, it’s a commodity that gets sold for money.
Your image or brand is something you build up in hopes of cashing it in. The question is: How will you spend this currency? Would you do a book to create a brand that can then be used to sell something else, get a new job, or run for political office? Is your brand used to help others and build a better world – or is it used purely to cash in for some kind of personal or financial gain down the road? You can build a brand that gives you a leadership position, one that can be used to motivate, inspire, and rally people to do the right thing, great things, and society-serving things. But a brand can be used to hurt others, feed one’s bank account or give resonance to things, people, or events that don’t deserve such attention or validation.
There are many, many, many authors who write books simply because they have an inflated sense of themselves. They believe they are so interesting or important that the world awaits their every word. People write to become famous, for no other reason but to assuage their ego. They want their book to serve as some kind of legacy, to outlive them and to flourish beyond one’s lifetime. The world is not lacking selfish, self-centered, egotistical individuals. You’ll find many of them in the book world.
Many authors and publishers will contribute a certain portion of the net proceeds from book sales to fund a non-profit organization or a good cause. It is a noble gesture to be charitable. When one’s words can take on the role to funding a better world it’s a win-win proposition. Sometimes books have a really positive message that inspires readers to take up a cause and volunteer for it or contribute funds towards it, but regardless of the content or the cause, publishers and authors can be difference-makers by donating book sales bucks to charities.
Writers enjoy the art of writing. It’s a beautiful craft. People want to be heard and some communicate through singing, music, dancing, art, sports or writing. Authors like to practice the skill of long-form writing to create something substantial from nothing. They enjoy the very acts of thinking, researching, writing, editing and rewriting. Writers love how words dance together to form something greater together than they could if left alone. Writing creates a permanent record, of either facts and experiences or of ideas and imaginings. Books give form and shape to what’s on our minds and is resting deep within the writer’s soul. The book is as much for the writer as it is the reader.
So, why do you write books?
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