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Why Everyone Should Write a Book

Recently, I turned in my next book, thus beginning the painful process of editing. After hundreds of hours of research, dozens of interviews, and thirty-something books later, not to mention of course the writing, it made me wonder if all this work is worth the cost.

Stack of Books

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As we begin to edit the book, I will undoubtedly see things I somehow missed. Some will be pleasant surprises, like an unexpected stroke of genius, while others will be difficult discoveries. As in, I wrote that? REALLY? Yuck. 

But as I do this, as I put myself through massive scrutiny and subject my work to criticism, I realize something.

I think everyone should write a book.

Really? Everyone?

Yep. And here’s why:

  • Because it’s hard. And everyone should do something hard at some point. That’s what shapes our character and makes us appreciate the things worth doing.
  • Because it’ll humble you. Writing a book (which is hard) will make you see things in yourself — your writing, your worldview, your weird way of expressing ideas — that you didn’t otherwise notice.
  • Because it’ll kill your cynicism. It’ll give you a newfound respect for other authors and the work they do. In fact, if everyone became an author, we wouldn’t have professional critics. Just a community of people who cared enough to speak up.
  • Because it’ll teach you about yourself. Flannery O’Connor said she didn’t know what she thought about something until she read what she said. I’m inclined to agree.
  • Because it’s the best way to share an idea or story that matters. And if it matters to you, maybe it’ll matter to others.
  • Because the book you actually write is better than the one you dream of writing. Most people have a dream of writing a book but never realize it. Not because they can’t or don’t know how, but because they’re afraid. Because an unrealized dream is safer than an action that could fail.

As my friend Marion reminded me, once you’ve written the book, you’ve already won. You’ve done something that most people say they want to do, but don’t. You’ve shipped, which is more than most will do.

And once you’ve done that, you can go write another.

But everyone won’t write a book…

Of course, everyone won’t write a book. They’ll come up with plenty of good excuses, like “I’m not a writer” or “What would I have to say?” and so on. But deep down, they’ll still dream.

No, not everyone will write a book, but you could. And maybe you should. Not so you can become a best-selling author or get heaps of praise and money. But so you can make something important and share it with the world.

So you can say you did something hard, something that humbled you, that helped you care and become more self-aware, allowing you to share an important idea.

Because while there may be too much noise in this world, we can never have too many people who care.

(For more tips on writing a book, check out: 10 Ridiculously Simple Tips for Writing a Book.)

Have you ever thought of writing a book? Tell me about it in the comments.

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  • Jeff, thanks for writing this. This is just what I needed to hear today. For me, writing a book is about sharing a story that matters. Thanks again!

    • Me too. You’re welcome! Thanks for the comment.

  • Though I have written two books (1 in print and 1 eBook), I still have a desire to write more because I have more to share and I have learned a lot more since 3 years ago when I wrote the first one.

    The resources that I have available now and the lessons learned will make my product a lot better. Thanks for this post and hopefully more people will be inspired to write many books.

    • I have that same desire, Devin. I often semi-jokingly say that I’m trying to get all the bad books done first so I can get on with better work faster.

  • deandeguara

    I was attempting to blog a book…but after writing several posts I realized the idea targets too small of a niche and isn’t “sexy” enough to be marketable. Waiting for a good idea!

    • I think the best way to see if an idea is any good, Dean, is to put it out there. A blog is a great way to do that. Glad you were able to discover that early on in the process.

  • Just today I published a blog post on my site that states that “I AM a Writer.” (I haven’t had the insecurities that some have had with writing as I’ve done it a long time, but I’m returning to my first love, which is writing.) Right now I’m focused on Kindle books. Does that count? 🙂

    • It totally counts, Rebecca. That’s how I published my first book.

  • Chavos

    I’m currently working on my story with living with a chronic illness. I hope to encourage and give hope to others in the journey with a chronic illness. I’m scared and excited at the same time. 🙂 I’m almost done…I needed to read this today. I take this as a “dare” to finish. Thank you for the encouragement Jeff!

    • Excellent, Chavos. Yes, consider yourself dared! 🙂

  • Another great one, Jeff. Quick question: Once you have an idea, how do you decide whether that idea is worthy?

    • Great question, Greg. I like using social media and my blog for idea testing. If it resonates, chase it. If not, move on.

      • That makes total sense. As an aside, content brainstorming could be an interesting post idea for you – that is, if you decide it’s worthy…;)

    • Just wanted to add, Greg, that you could consider talking through your
      idea with a developmental editor for feedback before you dive too
      deeply. A very inexpensive way to cement your concept.

      If you’re interested in working with one, here’s a resource for you: http://unfoldednote.com/find-an-editor-today/

      • Thanks Satya! Beautiful site, by the way

  • Erica

    Yes I have thought of writing a book – I actually have written a book, and am working on writing my second book.

  • Trying to get published and it’s definitely a humbling / learning experience. I’ll still keep putting one foot in front of the other day after day. For now though, have some eBooks to my name. 🙂

    Thanks for all you do Jeff!

  • Laura Whitfield

    Oh, Jeff. Thank you, as always! Working on my ms. today and needed this encouragement to keep plugging away. It is hard, but I know it will be worth it!

    Congrats on doing the work and finishing your next book. Looking forward!

  • Ed Underwood

    thought about it, wrote them, hated it, loved it, one coming out in August, hate it, love it. will I write another one? don’t know, hate it, love it.

  • Martin

    I am a teacher and I have written 4 children’s books. In fact I wrote a post about why teachers should write more books. And we share similar thoughts.


  • Debby Gies

    Fabulous article. Great summation of what writing involves.

  • Angela Roberts

    Of course I’ve thought of it, started it and the fear of the scrutiny and the pain of discovering gets in my way, which is why I blog. But, I stand with you that everyone should write. The unveiling is worth it.

    • Well said, Angela. I couldn’t agree more.

  • How timely Jeff. This is relevant and true and it can only been written by someone who has gone through the process.

  • Micki

    I am in the process of publishing my first book on CreateSpace. Although it is a short (28 page) guide to for-profit grant writing and not a 200 page novel, I have found all of the above to be true. Most of all, I am proud of myself for sticking with it! I have been pleasantly surprised at the interest that the book is already getting in the business and grant writing communities!

    • I feel the same way, Micki. Part of why I write books is to see if I can actually do it. I love the challenge.

  • Catherine Valentine

    I’m currently working with a friend of mine to self-publish a children’s book. I’m the writer and she’s the illustrator. Boy, has it been an education! But we are both so excited to work on this project together and it doesn’t matter if only our family members read it. I’m also working on a poetry chapbook about Mothers and Daughters (I lost my mom this year) and that has been extremely difficult on so many levels, but it has also been so good. I don’t know when I’ll have it done, but I know it’s worth while. I think I’m working my way up to writing a book.

    • I’m also working on self-publishing a small novella I wrote. The editing process is so painful, but necessary 🙂 I’m a go-get-em kind of person, I just want to see something FINISHED! The discipline to be patient and refine my craft (read: art!) is good for me. Thanks for sharing, Jeff!

  • Josey Bozzo

    Ugh!!!! Yes I want to write a book. It’s been 5 years of floundering about trying to find my way. You are so right, Jeff. It is fear that keeps me from doing it. Well, fear and lack of resources that I can afford. No, it’s really just fear. I don’t spend the money because I’m afraid it will be a waste.
    But there’s a part of me that really thinks I could do it. Given the right amount of time and support, I believe I could actually write a whole book.

    • Josey, how about if you start with Kindle books? They are typically a lot shorter and therefore less daunting, and of course are easy to publish. May be a way to get things moving!

      • Josey Bozzo

        Thanks Rebecca. I’ve thought of that but the technical aspect of putting one together just seems overwhelming to me so I’ve kind of put it off. I probably just need to find someone good at computer stuff to talk me through it. 🙂

        • Josey, it’s not as hard as you might think! I’ve just done my first two and prior to that had done a handful for clients, and while you do need to do a few specific things to get things to work right, it isn’t too difficult of a process, so don’t hold back because of that!

  • Brenda

    I just finished the manuscript for my first ebook so this post is timely. Thank you

  • Scott Musgrave

    I agree – what a great perspective (as usual).

  • Sarah M

    I’ve thought about it for years, possibly a decade. Last year I actually started writing. My dream is to become a children’s author, and oddly enough, two young adult novels came out instead of picture books. I’d still really like to write picture books, but both topics are much too heavy for the under 11 crowd. We’ll see where they go from here.

  • Oh, Jeff, I love this post! So very, very, very timely for me. I’m knee deep in writing my third book. Yes, writing a book can definitely humble you, teach you about yourself, and it’s perhaps, as you said, the best way to share a story that matters.

    I’d also like to add 4 other reasons writing a book can help.

    1. Writing a book can be quite transformative, as book coach Christine Kloser points out. 2. Writing a book can give you valuable perspective.
    3. Writing a book, especially if you’re writing a health and wellness book or memoir, can be quite cathartic. The feeling of relief that you get can be amazing! I’ve just been feeling that a lot lately. Woo Hoo!
    4. Perhaps most importantly, writing a book can really help people, i.e., your readers. In short, it can be your way of giving back. That’s what I’m most excited about with my upcoming book! I get to serve people. Yeah!

    Thanks again for your great post.


    P.S. I see that you’re also a fan and friend of Michael Hyatt. Would you be kind enough to help me support him by spreading the word about this post — http://www.huffingtonpost.com/connie-bennett/support-bestselling-autho_b_5561960.html

  • Bruce

    I have thought about writing a book and have written one! In Nov 2013, I wrote a novel for National Novel Writing Month – it is called “The Third War.” It was a lot of fun to write. I’m now writing a short book called Productivity Essentials for my website Project Management Hacks (http://www.projectmanagementhacks.com).

  • Sacramennah

    Jeff, you are a great nudger. I’ve written numerous essays, chapters in group books, outlines for future books — but not yet the whole enchilada. So why not now? Just get to it, for all the reasons you have outlined.

  • Mari

    Very inspiring!

  • Just the kick in the pants I needed this morning ~ thanks again Jeff for your wonderful words of inspiration 🙂

  • Sheriena

    Thanks, you always encourage me to keep at it.

  • DiscoveringRanchLife

    YES, I have thought about it, and I am in the process of doing it. I have self published a photo book (I’m a photographer.) I’ve had numerous long conversations with myself about why I don’t need to write a book…but I decided that if there’s a slight possibility that my story can help another girl out there it’s worth writing.

    I love your inspiring posts 🙂
    Thank you!

    • Hansa Malhotra

      I absolutely agree with “If there’s a slight possibility that my story can help another girl out there it’s worth writing” I feel the same. And congratulations on your photo book!

      • DiscoveringRanchLife

        Thank you Hansa!

  • Kulandai Swami

    Mere waste of time. I would like to stop reading and writing comments whenever I choose to write, not a book, but an article or a story, why, even my diary,

  • Andrew

    Hi Jeff definitely the pick up I needed. I am in the beginning of my first novel, 25000 words or so but struggle with the process every day. Bound and determined to finish the bugger though.

  • Jennifer Dougan

    Jeff, I loved this and especially appreciated the kick-in-the-pants good advice of the linked article afterwards. Thanks. I get your posts in my email and had to forward this one to two friends. Thought you would smile to hear that. 🙂

    Jennifer Dougan

  • Josh


  • Loved this post Jeff! Thanks 🙂

  • Kelly

    Please keep saying this! I read a well-known author yesterday who basically said, “The industry has changed; maybe we should all quit.” Depressing, though I greatly respect this man. I need to hear the voices like yours that say “Everyone should write. Even if it’s hard. Especially if it’s hard.”

  • Christopher Hitchens said that “everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.” I simply don’t know who to believe.

  • Yesterday I submitted my first manuscript to my editor. You are 100% correct. Writing has been all these things and more!

  • I’ve thought several times about writing a book. Several books. I have so many book ideas dating back to the mid-80s that I would have used for a comic book/graphic novel, screenplay, devotional/journey story, fictional story with accompanying musical soundtrack… I just lack time. And clones. Lots and lots of clones.

    • I think about clones, too, Tony. In Naruto, he has this technique which produces “bunshin”. I always imagine doing the technique and creating hundreds of bunshins. Just one of the superpowers I’d like to acquire. 😉

  • RubyGazelle

    Thank you for this inspiration. I love to write, and write daily in my journal about what is going on inside me. I love to hear people stories and read memoirs and biographies. Each time I read a book, I am inspired to share my story more and more. I will have to have a mental decision to make it a priority.

  • yes, yes I am. In fact, I already have 15 pages written. Its the story of my 20+ year old dream and the various adventures in pursuing that dream.

    • It better not “be a long, long time.”

      You’re a rocketmaaan! ROCKETMAAAN burnin’ out his fuel up here alone!

      • (very soon) it will be “just my job, five days a week” 😉

  • I think I need to grab some paper and get to writing. Thank you for this!

  • Hansa Malhotra

    “You own everything that happened to you”.


  • Two years ago, I had an idea for a book. I wrote the title and the outline down on a journal. Now, I’m inclined to revisit what I have written so far. The book is about my journey from a pessimist to a modern-day (and much older) Pollyanna. 🙂 Thank you, Jeff, for this post. I guess, you’re right, if it matters to me then it might matter to other people. 🙂

  • I Agree!!! Thank you so much Jeff. This is so beautiful and wise:)

  • Writing a book is hard but I would dare say book two is even harder. How is writing book three? Does it come more natural?

    • I think it gets easier as you go. Guy Kawasaki told me once you get to book 8 or 9, it starts to feel more natural. I’m not quite there but with each one, I learn something new.

  • I couldn’t agree more, Jeff. I wrote today about being ‘good stewards of our stories.’ There’s a difference between blasting your story with words that come from pain. Rather, when you purpose your story through an appropriate lens and perspective, it has the power to bring light and life.

    On my end, “You Make My Life Rich” is slated for September 2014 and I couldn’t be more excited.

  • thegnbw

    You are wicked awesome. And I agree with you. Writing a book is hard, and not as fun sometimes, but always overwhelmingly rewarding. I find myself staring at the printed pages thinking…”holy crap, I wrote all that!?”

  • I’ve drafted a book proposal and I’m talking to a publisher right now, so yes. I have thought about writing a book for far too long. Now I’m acting on it.

  • Great cast Jeff!!! I agree, everyone should but won’t write a book. It’s a great accomplishment.

  • Great article, Jeff. Writing a book is indeed difficult, not only because of the work necessary, but because of the honesty required. I recently finished a memoir and am pitching it to several publishers. Hopefully it’ll eventually see the light of day, because I would love to share it with the world.

    Thanks for your encouragement.

  • Jevonnah Ellison

    This is hugely encouraging Jeff. Thanks. I’m in the process of submitting my very first book to the editor, and it’s a process that takes time, causes me to see myself, and is humbling, exhilarating, exciting, and nerve wracking all at the same time. The closer “ship date” gets here (which is December), the more I find myself wanting to look at the manuscript, make changes, add content, take away content, etc. But your encouragement helps. We have to start somewhere. This won’t be the last book. Thanks Jeff.

    • Amen, Jevonnah. Good for you! That’s exciting.

  • 75000 words into the first draft my first novel, around 12000 words to go. Although I write speculative fiction, I still feel I have something to say and that this novel says it. It hasn’t been an easy ride – I work 8-10 hours a day and spend another 3 hours a day travelling, yet I’ve managed to write almost everyday over the past year and a bit, even if it is only as little 200 words or as much as 2000. This experience has been terrifying, gratifying and humbling – there are a lot of action scenes in this story and they are tough to write with any semblance of reality! Although I hate movies and stories where it is all about action, I do have new respect for those who write such tales. Also having killed off a few characters, one of whom was a good guy, I now understand how difficult it is to do, yet how necessary it often is for the other characters to grow (Sophie’s choice!). I have a plan for getting book one published (with self-publishing at the end given my ‘success’ with my short story anthology) but I’m not really thinking about that too deeply. Just enjoying the process of writing. I already have characters and a few odd snippets for book two.

    • Charlotte Hyatt

      Karen, the thought of writing 75,000 words is scary to me! And then having to come up with 12,000 more just makes me so nervous I say ‘fergetaboutit!’ You have MY admiration:).

      • The trick, Charlotte, is to just keep writing the story. I didn’t plan the number of words when I started, only what I was going to write. It blew my mind when I realised how many words that was turning out to be!

  • This post, according to another person who commented was HUGELY INSPIRING. In fact, my plan this week is to sit down and begin the process of drafting a proposal and getting on the road to doing what I have always dreamed of doing…….writing a book. I know I have it in me, I may have been delayed, and I will not be denied…thanks for the encouragement….!

    • That’s awesome, Bruce! Thanks for sharing.

  • Jeff, I am proud to say that I’m working on my second book. It is such an amazing feeling when one shares their story.

  • Farhana Qazi

    Jeff, an incredibly moving and articulate post. Thank you for sharing. I have finished my nonfiction book on the women in the conflict of Kashmir. And now started a novel about honor versus shame (well, it’s also a love story between an American Muslim woman and a U.S. soldier–I used to teach the U.S. military and it was the best job I ever had, next to writing of course.) Your most salient points are that writing is hard, humbling, and rewarding. I have great respect for all authors and all books (I don’t care if it wasn’t well-crafted or a subject outside my interest.) I’ve learned that writing is “not” an art but discipline and a practice, like yoga. You do have to do it every day to stay current, fresh, and motivated. At a recent writing conference in Texas, I learned that staying inspired to write is easy when you have a community of writers / followers / family. To learn more about my work, you can visit my blog, http://www.farhanaqazi.com. Thanks again for your wonderful insights. I read them and send them out to everyone I know.

  • Kathy Strong

    I have had a book swirling around in my head for a while now, just have to take courage and make the first step!

  • Jeff- For years I talked about writing my book, “The Accidental Police Chief” but it wasn’t until I forced myself to start blogging this year that I actually began writing. I found that blogging has helped discipline me to write. Feedback from readers only serves to spur me on. I agree with you. More people should write their book. There are so many ways today to share your story and possibly touch another in some way! Thanks for the post.

  • Richard Pierce Thomas

    Ha, great timing and appreciate the encouragement. Just fired off a couple of queries this morning on my long suffering journey to be published. I thought writing the book would be challenging. It has been, and some. And I have experienced all the “becauses” you mention above. What I have discovered in addition however, is getting published is an even greater challenge (yes, I could have self published long ago and have chosen the more difficult road of trying to get an agent/publisher interested). At least I could control how & when I write. Getting published? Wow, what a game…

  • Inspiring, Jeff!

    I have already written and published one book, “Living with a Functioning Alcoholic: A Woman’s Survival Guide,” and everything you said above about writing a book proved true for me.

    I want to write another book, actually three more, but I am being pushed in two different directions: 1. Get busy writing my book, versus 2. Don’t waste my time writing a book, but instead, create an online course. In my heart of hearts I would like to write…

    Any thoughts? Anyone else faced a similar dilemma?

    • I would start with the book and use it as a lead generator for the course.

  • Marcy Mason McKay

    I agree wholeheartedly, Jeff. I’ve written four novels. The first two STINK; the last two are actually good. My literary agent left the biz before we submitted book #4 and I’m debating to continue the traditional route, or go indie and publish it myself. Regardless of what happens there, I’ve learned more about myself with each book. I’m stronger than I ever dreamed possible.

  • susan300

    Facebooked and Pinned, and I *never* push links to people’s emails to me. This just totally hit home. I want to read it out loud to people that don’t have email. That’s how much I want to pass it on. 🙂

  • I absolutely love this Jeff and agree with each point about why you should write one! I know that I have a book in me and I want to write it…thank you so much for the inspiration needed to keep me going 🙂

  • I’m far more comfortable and experienced at writing non-fiction like research articles and grants (which is my profession). However…. watching the grandkids and their friends while while camping, I am so inspired to write a children’s book. I’ve never thought of writing for children before, but now I have all kinds of ideas. I just don’t really know where to start with fiction.

    I guess I should start by writing. Words on paper would probably make me feel more confident 🙂

    • I occasionally think about that, as well Kathy.

  • Michelle

    I have written a couple novels which need editing, but am also blogging a novel for fun at heirforcenovel.wordpress.com. I just started it last month. I am having fun with it and have gotten a few likes/comments. There is definitely a cool feeling after finishing a book and I for sure respect authors and understand the hard work that goes into writing one 🙂

  • Orion

    I kinda have a dream of publishing a book, something that came to me in primary school. I finally read something good and wanted to do the same thing for kids like myself. I finally starting and am just over 100 pages through my first novel. [Yay] Not sure how many of you recognise the steampunk style but its set after that. At the present im calling it ‘Gears Of Change’

  • It took me 21 years to finish my first book. 20 years, in which I forgot to hold on to my dream. But now I did it and it feels great. Now I’m not only an author, but also a selfpublisher and finally I know, who I am. Thanks a lot, Jeff, you’ve inspired me so much!

    • Wow!

    • Phumuzile M.

      Sybille Thank you for the encouragement.

  • I’ve written one book so far. You can actually get the book for free at my blog, http://wwww.jmlalonde.com. I’m about to start working on a second short book soon. So exciting!

    • That one more than most, Joe. 🙂

      • True! And for that I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity.

  • “The book you actually write is better than the one you dream of writing.” Well said Jeff!

  • So many book ideas, so little time…

    • I always say, “Write the worst book first.” Because you will only get better with time.

  • Might have said this here before, but a good friend of mine once said, “Read to become a broad person. Write to become an exact person.” This is definitely one of the reasons I write.

    • Yep. That’s absolutely true, Kent. Thanks for sharing!

    • Funny you wrote that quote Kent- I JUST read that in my Speak It Forward Bootcamp manual!

  • Nicole

    Every.Day.I think about writing a book every day. I read I buy journals I attend workshops I read blogs I start then I stop.

  • I have just completed my first book, a fictional narrative of how African ladies are trafficked to Europe and the aftermath. My outline for a non-fiction about my asylum experience is under way.

  • Jen

    Thanks so much, Jeff, for ALL of your wisdom, motivation, and inspiration! I’m a writer (mostly for nonprofits right now) and studying to be a health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Through a special IIN program, I’m writing my first wellness book and it feels AWESOME. Here’s my title: Forget Fitting In: The Path to Health and Happiness by Fitting Out. I know it’s a topic you’re passionate about too! Thanks again. Been following you for a couple years now and wanted to chime in on this fab topic. Cheers to all the authors out there!

  • Thanks Jeff for this TIMELY post. It’ put the fire under me to set a deadline for myself to get my book written!

  • Cathay Qualls Stuart

    I have always wanted to write a book. My Mother wrote a Civil War Novel in her short 39 years. It was turned down by several publishers for not having enough sex in the book. Nowadays she could have published it herself. You have encouraged me to try. Thanks.

  • I never thought I would start a blog, but I have. So guess writing a book isn’t out of the question either.

  • KevinTroupe

    I have been writing a blog http://www.lessonsfrommatthew.com for a few years now sharing about our joys and struggles of raising one, now two special needs boys. Actually, one of the most read and referred posts was one titled “Our Two Special Needs Kids Wrecked Our Lives” http://wp.me/p1mQLK-vk . I highlighted your book Wrecked in that post as a part of your launch team. I would like to take my blog posts and put together a devotional/inspirational book for caregivers with the “lessons” I have written over the years. Jeff, thank you for the encouragement and push to keep me writing!

  • I hadn’t considered the possibility of writing a book until three or so years ago. I have been considering writing a book about developing a mission mindset through short-term missions experience. As I’ve been processing this idea, I decided to try my hand at something a little smaller. In April, I released my first book: On Track – Life Lessons from the Track and Field. I’ve learned a lot through this experience, and it gives me more motivation to pursue my mission mindset idea.

  • Charlene Smiley-Woodley

    Okay, I started out writing a story on my blog and later decided that it should officially be a novel. Half way into the story, I ended up working on tweaking my other blog and conquering learning curves for writing the story among so many other things that I completely lost track on the story, although I have already written out how I want it to proceed and ultimately end. However, I have been so caught up with so much lately that really needs to be done that I can’t even fathom having the time to finish my story. For some reason, the technical aspect scares the heck out of me, but given time…I will do it…I know I will, and thanks for the post Jeff. You really got me thinking and working on a doable plan…I guess I just needed to vent it here, so thanks again. You’re awesome!

  • I love this. Thanks Jeff! I started writing my first book recently, and it. is. hard! I’m grateful for your words and experience here. It’s helpful to know that I’m not the only one struggling through the process!

  • Phumuzile M.

    Thank you Jeff’ it is very motivating’if words could do miracles I would be a writer today’ That is my dream. Thank you again I hope,one day I will succeed.to get through my first book.do not give up on me.I have publishers calling out on my manuscript but am just scared to be let down.I do not respond greatly on rejection.

  • George McNeese

    I thought about writing books. That was one of the reasons I pursued a major in English Literature. I had a dream of writing books and owning my own publishing firm. I still have the dream of writing books. I admit that I use the excuses of fear or not writing something people will like. Lately, I’ve been encouraged to write a novella or a collection of short stories. I feel like this could be the start of something big. I guess I better start outlining.

  • Eknaath Nagarkar

    I’ve written a book; that was in 2012. Only lucky few can catch the fancy of these publishers and unless you’re one of them, it isn’t worth ever wasting your precious time over the exercise.

    • Songaye Novell

      Publishers are looking for the next moneymaker & they get inundated with requests.
      It was worth your precious time to write a book, but somehow your story remains hidden because of fear or hurt. I sat on my work for years before i had the courage to let some friends read it & give me their honest review. Best thing i ever did. My book will hit shelves with a partner-publisher end of this month! So excited! 2 Timothy 1:7!

  • Nirad

    I am presently in the process of writing a book which is super-sensitive and may touch a raw nerve in the country I live in – India. I write because it has been my passion right from my school days. That apart, I feel writing is a surefire way to get across to the multitudes; it is an outlet to the frustration, built up over the years, that results from a natural restriction of “talking” to the masses in one go. I want to share my feelings, experiences and ideas through my stories, aiming at massaging the entire range of emotions of the reader. I am, therefore I write!

  • Glossy

    Thanks Jeff, your write ups are really inspirational, I have written two fictions but as a young and a novice in the writing world, I hope to find a good editor that will go through my writings. But one thing I don’t do is abandoning it and wait for an editor. So i go through it every day and make some useful correction. Thanks for your encouragement.

  • Because of you, I started my book. You have built confidence in me that has changed my perspective. The world needs my story of losing 132 lbs., because God has touched my story, and it’s a way to give His glory to others, and to honor Him because He’s touched my story. So healing, and I pray that my story will inspire others in one of the biggest struggles of life.

    • Charlotte Hyatt

      Yes Janelle, we need to hear about that HUGE change in your life and how it was accomplished. At 240+ pounds I would rather hear about your journey to lose 132 pounds than than some one losing 50 pounds.

      • Wow…really? I never knew there would be a difference, but excited to share the story. It’s unique! All without weight loss surgery, just good ole hard work!

        • Charlotte Hyatt

          The difference to me Janelle, is that 132 lbs. has a big
          impact on everything, not just your dress size.

          • No truer words have been spoken. This is more about losing weight, its about losing my past and gaining my new future. The future I’ve always wanted and dreamed about. And the recovery of me. And when we find ourselves…

  • Hey Jeff, I relate to what you share above right from the first para. I just complete my first book recently and it’s now being edited by my editor. After I complete it, I actually asked myself if this is worth the effort and time. It’s definitely one of the hardest thing I ever done. I’m glad to hear that you share similar thoughts with me on writing a book. I agree that everyone should write a book! Even if it’s 10 books with 10 pages each. 🙂

  • This is intriguing Jeff. What do you define as “writing a book?” Does it have to be published, or does a PDF on your desktop with 5,000 words count? Wondering what your criteria is here.

    • I think a book is a shareable idea. It needs to be more than a blog post — an in depth examination of a single topic. If you can do that in 5000 words, go for it.

  • Richard Williams

    Jeff, Yes, I think about writing every day. And I have used every excuse you have named and then some. But your blog has inspired me to begin the creative process anew. I will begin to structure my time and thoughts and begin this new journey. Its time I put my big toe in the deep end of this cold pond. Thanks for the push.

  • Yes, writing a book is quite a process! For me it is such a personal and meaningful story I enjoy sharing it as a gift…and so I shall for your readers. You may read my true love story of deception, grace, and forgiveness right here, right now, for free!! Blessings! http://www.itwasoutoflove.com

  • Charlotte Hyatt

    I have been saying I want to write a book for years now. I had put the intention out there when I was working on my Bachelors degree in Business Administration; purchased a website for the book, joined 48 days.net to keep me motivated, put it in my email signature, got a job and used that as an excuse to forget about it!

    Yesterday I forced myself to write what turned out to be a really short story and am debating putting it on KDP just to see if anyone might be interested enough to buy it. I am rapidly talking myself out of it, but trying to make myself do SOMETHING with it! I know I need to keep writing so maybe I’ll put it on a blog.

    While my courage was up I posted. Read it here and comment: http://charlottehyatt.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/college-girl/

  • Olivia Richard

    I released my first book: On Track – Life Lessons from the Track and Field. I’ve learned a lot through this experience, and it gives me more motivation to pursue my mission mindset idea.

  • curtisrose

    “Have you ever thought about writing a book?”
    Yes, i have ‘thought’ about it for many years. In the fall of ’88 i left a religious personality cult i had been in for over 12 years. i feel i owe it to the children i ‘left behind’ to try to help them to see why i felt had to go; and how God has Bless’d me since i did. And also, so they could learn a bit about my childhood and years growing up. i spent some time in prison and am an ex-drug user, and there were a few Miracles along my path that actually helped me to live thru it all.

  • Hi Jeff
    Actually you are very right here. You have mentioned every possible reasons to write book.
    Thanks 🙂

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  • Thanks, Mr. Jeff, for making mountains climb-able, and big chunks chewable. You’re a pro at making big projects doable by simply starting with the first step, then the next one. Just one step at a time. Thank you, Sir.

  • Dubem Menakaya

    Wow this was super timely, I’m just preparing to write my first book. I know it’s something that will change my lie, those around me and the readers…. I don’t know how, only God knows. Jeff you’ve just got me even more pumped to go on this epic journey to authordom!

  • Charlotte Hyatt

    Jeff, I just finished the first read of your ebook You Are A Writer and I loved it. Yes, I am a writer and my blog is http://www.charlottehyatt.wordpress.com. You have to start somewhere I have been told:).

  • JJ Binder

    I’ve thought about it a lot. I’m usually paralyzed by the thought that I wouldn’t have anything particularly relevant to share.

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  • Tarana


    I have seen so many people who have stories to share but are too scared to pen it down. If only they had the confidence. How do i tell them to write their books, for they seem to run away from the very idea of writing. How do i convince them that their stories are worth sharing to the rest of the world?