Why You Should Write a Book (even if you’re not a writer) – Skinny Artist

Why You Should Write a Book (even if you’re not a writer)

Maybe you’re a writer who has always wanted to write and publish your own book.

Maybe you’re a visual artist, photographer, or graphic illustrator who’s been wanting to put together a book showing others how to do a specific technique or simply not have to make all of the same mistakes you did when you were first starting out.

Or maybe you’re just someone who has something awesome to share with the rest of the world. No matter what your reason, you’re certainly not alone because it turns out….

80% of people say they are interested in writing a book

Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is looking to write the great American novel. In fact, an almost equal number of people said they would be interested in writing a self-help book, a nonfiction book, or even a cookbook.

You might be surprised to learn that there are more than one million books published every year here in the U.S. — and of those, almost two-thirds of them are self-published.

Although it’s true that most of these books will end up selling less than 250 copies a year and fewer than 3,000 over the book’s lifetime, there are many more benefits to writing a book than how many copies it is going to sell each month.

Writing a book is not (always) about the money

There are a lot of different reasons people tell me they would like to write a book…

Educate — A lot of people simply enjoy sharing their experiences and knowledge with others. Maybe your goal is to teach and share with your readers what you have learned or maybe you want to help them solve some sort of problem.Start writing your book today!

Entertain — Maybe you have always enjoyed creating stories and you would like to entertain your audience with a captivating tale of mystery, passion, or a futuristic journey.

Expert — Maybe you are looking to advance your career and become a recognized authority or expert in your field. Even though writing a book is unlikely to bring you instant fame and fortune, it can provide you with some credibility and allow you to become known in your particular industry.

Posterity — Maybe you are interested in writing a memoir for yourself or your family to help them remember you and your stories long after you are gone. Even though these books are not likely to become bestsellers, these types of books are still worthwhile and probably gives the author one of the strongest reasons “why” to write their book. These types of books are also a great way to get the experience of going through the writing and publishing process, which will be valuable if you decide to write another book down the road.

Money — Quite honestly, in this age of $2.99 ebooks, the sales of your first book aren’t likely to make you rich. You have to remember that making money as an author is often a numbers game–meaning the more books you write, the more money you’ll make. Also as I mentioned above, having a book published could potentially help you earn more money in other aspects of your career. 

Not only that, but let’s face it, being a published author is pretty cool.

Regardless how many books you sell or how much money you end up making, there’s no better feeling than writing a book, seeing it on the shelf, and having your readers tell you how much it meant to them.

If everyone wants to write a book, why aren’t they writing it?!

After talking with hundreds of creative artists from around the world, I’ve discovered that the biggest reason most people never write their book—is that they just don’t know where to start.

The idea of writing and publishing a book simply becomes overwhelming. There is simply too much information out there, too many things to do, and they have no clue where to even begin.Start writing your book today!

I know because I’ve been there myself.

It took me years to publish my first book after starting and stopping more times than I care to admit because I was overwhelmed by the entire process.

One thing that I had to learn (the hard way) was the fact that I didn’t have to know everything about writing and publishing a book in order to get started. In fact, I discovered that it’s often better if you learn a lot of this stuff as you go along instead of trying to figure it all out at the beginning.

Now having said that, I’ve also found that there are a few things that you really need to know before you start writing your book.

What You Need to Know Before Writing Your Book

Instead of just creating another boring PDF, that I know 95% of our readers would download and never actually read. I wanted to try something new.

I did some research and put together a free video mini-course that is designed to give you all of the information you’ll need to know to get started on your book without (hopefully) overwhelming you in the process.

So if you have ever thought about writing and publishing your own book, you owe it to yourself to check out these videos and see if writing and publishing a book is something that’s right for you!

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Writer, teacher, and head custodian of the Skinny Artist community. His book "Getting Creative: Developing Creative Habits that Work" is all about finding the time (and energy) to live a more creative life.

Some suggest that the very first thing to write is the Index/Contents Page. Or the chapter headings work too.

    I certainly agree with you Jessica that one of the first things you should do in the actual writing phase of your book is to create some type of outline (essentially a table of contents) in order to organize your thoughts and ideas into a logical sequence. Instead of always using a traditional outline, I sometimes prefer to create a mindmap depending on the type of book I’m writing.

    For the most part, the videos in this particular course are not so much about the actual writing process itself, but more about how to come up with a book topic that potential book buyers are already out there looking to buy. Too often, I see first-time authors spending all of their time and energy writing their book only to find out later that there are very few people looking to buy a book on that particular topic. Of course in a perfect world, you could write any type of book that you’d like and your raving fans would immediately buy it no matter what it was about (think James Patterson or Stephen King). Unfortunately, that’s not the way it works for 99% of the rest of us out there. Which is why it’s so important as a new author that we are able to find that elusive balance between writing the book that we want to write and writing a book that other people are interested in reading/buying :)

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