There’s an old saying that ‘everyone has a book in them’, while this can be true, there’s only a select number who are able to sit down and write it. There’s a lot of reasons why you should write a book, even if you don’t intend to publish it. So let’s have a look at some convincing reasons why it’s time for you to sit down and start your story.
Why write Fiction?
There are loads of stories in the world, so why write yours? What makes it unique? Why should it be told? For me, I want to write stories that feature LGBTQ+ heroes and heroines. I grew up reading great books that never included this aspect and want to write about characters who I relate to and bring more stories into the world that feature more diverse characters. So when you’re thinking about writing your novel ask yourself the following:
- Why are you writing the book?
- What makes it different to what else is on the market?
- What makes the story uniquely yours?
By working out why you want to tell the story you want to write it will give you more motivation and desire to complete your manuscript.
Why write Non-Fiction?
Non-Fiction is a little different to fiction as you’re writing it because you have expertise in a certain area and can share what you know with others. Writing non-fiction is a great way of sharing subject matter knowledge that you know and your audience needs. Non-Fiction also covers a wide range of topics, from technical subjects to horticulture, to lifestyle, the list is endless! So if you’re thinking about writing non-fiction, ask yourself the following:
- What can you offer your subject market that it’s currently lacking?
- What qualifications do you have that offer a subject matter you could write about? i.e. Literature criticism, marketing principles etc…
- Could you write more than one book about it and build a professional platform from it?
The key to success when it comes to writing any book is if you can write more you’ll experience more success, so if you have more than one idea with either fiction or non-fiction you could create yourself a good author business. So before you sit down and write, have a think about your longer-term goals and how it can inspire and motivate you to complete your manuscript.