Human beings are social creatures and throughout history people have wanted to pass on stories and share their thoughts, feelings, knowledge and experiences with others. For centuries books have played an important role in our collective culture and many people have considered writing a book themselves. It has been said that a true writer feels compelled to write and that they will do so even if it brings them little in the way of recognition or financial rewards. Whilst some could be motivated by the need to express outwardly ideas within them, others might want to hold in their hands and see on the shelves something tangible that they have created. Some might dream of living the idealised life of a writer, longing for the fame and fortune that they dream could be theirs. As an artist, designer or craft maker, writing a book about your work could raise your profile and provide you with an additional income stream.
If you have never written a book before, the prospect might be daunting. You could begin by writing a blog, producing a newsletter or contributing articles to online publications. This would provide you with an opportunity to practice your writing skills, receive feedback from other people and perhaps establish a following online. Writing about your work as an artist or craft maker might also help to raise your profile with your target audience. Many professionals in careers as diverse as science, technology, business, education and the arts, consider writing to be a valuable way of helping them to establish their reputation. Building an opt-in email list of engaged followers, before you publish your first book, could provide you with a potential readership, who might purchase and review your book when it is published.
Learning how to write a book is not easy and you should expect to make mistakes along the way, as you struggle to overcome self doubt and set backs, but try to remain open to learning from your mistakes. You will need to develop skills such as researching and organising the text, writing drafts and editing. Before beginning you should ask yourself if you have the necessary time and energy and be prepared to give up other interests and activities, such as a favourite hobby. You should organise your schedule so that you are able to devote several hours each day to writing and be ready to spend long hours alone as you work, putting aside other distractions. This can be particularly difficult if you have family and career commitments, but you must learn to treat writing like a job.
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