Just as there are good reasons not to write a book, there are some darn good reasons why you probably should write one.
I’ve listed four important ones here.
I’m tempted to say if these four don’t apply, don’t bother, but I know better.
I’ve worked with lots of folks on books over the years – everything from ghostwriting whole books for people to coaching others through the book writing process – and there are all sorts of reasons to write a book or get one written. These four do cover the basics and are worth considering if you think you want to write a book.
You understand that what other people think of you is none of your business
“What You Think of Me Is None of My Business” was written by Terry Cole-Whitaker a long time ago, and it still holds true today. Even if you don’t read the book, the title alone will give you great insight if you let it. [click to continue…]
One someone asks me the reason I am a freelance writer, I usually respond “I’m a very good worker and a lousy employee.”
Generally everyone chuckles and we move on to something else.
There is, however, a lot of truth in that statement.
I can remember jobs under florescent lights in cubicles where I’d either be working my tail off or bored to tears. It was in one of those jobs I discovered that, by and large, I write faster than many folks.
I was working for the long defunct KayPro magazine, Profiles. (KayPro was the first ‘portable’ computer with a hard drive and Profiles was their magazine) where I had a chance to really compare my output with others. It wasn’t long before the editor gave me quiet permission to work on my own projects when I was done with the work for the magazine.
In other situations I’d be given more work simply because I could get it done. More work, but no more pay.
I also was one of those employees who refused to be quiet about what I made. I realized early on that management does not want people comparing what they make, not out of politeness or any other reason except they don’t want the inherent unfairness to show up. [click to continue…]