Writing not only does so much for you. It does a lot to you!
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In fact, every author I’ve met has become a better person since writing his or her book(s). For many, it’s a daunting task and many people make excuses for not having done it, even though they know they should have.
Writing a book is also an easy task to delay. Months turn into quarters; quarters turn into years. Several years go by, and then, before these non-writers know it, a decade has passed and they still haven't written that book.
In my experience, I've found that the positives from writing a book outweigh the negatives. Indeed, authorship can dramatically alter your life as well as the lives of those who read your work.
Five reasons to finally get up and do it
Do you know what it’s like to go out and sign thousands of books? I do. It’s an exhilarating experience that only a few people understand. Once your book is published, the door of opportunity will fly open. You’ll meet people you never thought you would.
Further, people will want to work with you and learn your story, especially if your book is marketed well. I like to think that an author has the credibility of an MBA or PhD, depending on what the book is about and how it's positioned in the marketplace. Authors always win respect, and a book is a great credential.
2. Personal growth
There are so many rewarding challenges to writing a book. By expanding your philosophy and sharing it with others, you’ll find inevitable growth. You’ll learn so much more about yourself and others that you’ll want to write another book while you're completing the first one!
And, you'll grow, not only intellectually but spiritually and emotionally. Two forces will be at work while you’re in the process of writing: One will tell you that you can do it, and the other will tell you that you can’t. The voice you listen to will dictate your success, or lack thereof.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou
Writing a book is becoming easier and easier. If you write 1,000 words per day for 30 days, you'll have a 30,000-word book (150-to-180 pages). All it takes is one-to-two hours per day (including research time). You can self-publish or you can hire someone else to do it, at a reasonable fee.
What's more, people are out there who are willing and able to help if you give it a try. You can easily find an editor and graphic designer online. There are no longer the barriers to authorship that there used to be, which means that anyone can write a book—even a teenager.
4. Inspiration for others
My own book has sold in more than 46 different countries. As I create more content, both online and offline, I find that my audience is growing every day. I used to sell my books individually, but now I’m selling them by the truckloads. Why fulfill a demand when you can create it with your pen?
I receive fan mail every day from people who tell me how much they’ve enjoyed my books. They tell me how the stories I share have changed their lives. I have a special email folder where I keep their comments, since I truly cherish each of them. There's no better feeling in the world than to receive fan mail.
Live to write. Write to live. – Daniel Ally
5. Extra money
Every day, I wake up and find a substantial deposit in my bank account because of the books that I’ve sold. When I attend events like book signings and speeches, I sell my books by the hundreds. I have a few professors using my book as a textbook in their classes too.
It’s a good feeling to know that people are buying your books. Not only that, but those sales can lead to bigger opportunities. I have booked special business opportunities because my book has been read by CEOs, company presidents, members of the clergy, and other leaders. One opportunity leads to another. All are profitable.
There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain by writing a book. Personally, it has been one of my greatest and most rewarding achievements. If you can focus for three to six months, even while managing a full-time life, you can still write a book. Since I own a publishing firm, I can put you in touch with the right people if you need the help. I look forward to reading your book!
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