You’re ready to bring your dream of writing a book to life.
There are a number of things you need to consider before you begin. The most basic question is Why are you writing this book? Is it to add stature and authority to what you do? Are you looking for an additional income source? Are you ready to write a book that incorporates all you know of your family’s history? Do you have a message that needs to get out into the world?
Who is your audience? What are their interests? What problems do they have? Your book will be more successful if it addresses a problem or concern of your audience. Are they new to your subject or knowledgeable about it?
This leads to the next question – What is your topic? Why are you a good person to write on this topic? What new can you add to the body of knowledge on this topic?
What will your perspective be? Will you compare and contrast ideas? Inform and enlighten your audience? Entertain and amuse or scare and frighten? These are just a few viewpoints from which you could approach your book.
Are you drawn to fiction or non-fiction as the vehicle for your message? Both can be effective. With fiction the underlying message is generally presented in a more subtle way than with non-fiction. Following are several titles that all deal with different aspects of self-development:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
The Prayer Chest by August Gold and Joel Fotinos
Your Erroneous Zones and other books by Wayne Dyer
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
Soul Language: Consciously Connecting With Your Soul for Success by Jennifer Urrezio
Consider the above questions. Then pick up your pen and start writing!