Most of us have met someone who, at some point, has declared the desire to write a book. Maybe that person is your friend, or your family member, maybe it’s you. But how many have actually gone ahead and done it? Not many, I’m guessing. Excuses range from not having the time to how hard the task is. But these are just that-excuses. I think everyone should write a book and here’s why:

  • People will care. Majority of us shy away from this idea thinking nobody will care about their opinions or their story. The good news is that they will. Now I know, it sounds like a lie but you will be surprised how many people your work may affect. You may even wind up helping or inspiring someone. Words are magical. Be a sorcerer. If there’s a story or an idea that is important you, there’s probably someone who finds it just as important.
  • It’s hard. Let’s face it: writing is tedious. You don’t just sit down and words flow out like water. You have think, write, edit, rewrite, trash it, begin anew, think again, write again, edit again, rewrite again. Stuck in this perpetual cycle, it’s easy to lose hope. Even after you’ve begun, there’s no telling whether you’ll actually end up completing it. But it is this exact hardship that is going to make it’s fruit all the more sweet. Challenges shape personalities and writing a book is just the right kind.
  • You will know yourself. You can sit in a cave of a remote mountain, meditating for years, asking yourself, “Who am I?”. Or you could write a book. Same thing, really. Writing a book will teach you about yourself- how perseverant you are, how you truly feel about puppy-sized elephants, the way you describe butterflies, the people you hate based on the name of the villain.
  • It’s enlightening. Writing can be an enlightening experience. Writing a book, especially one that specializes in a particular field, requires volumes of research, which, consequentially makes you smarter. After writing one, you can officially call yourself an expert! If that’s not incentive enough, I don’t know what is.
  • It will make you appreciate more. It’s easy to pass judgement on the work of others, when you haven’t written any yourself. Going through the same ordeal can make you empathetic of the other authors. You will appreciate the work put into each book. As Jeff Goins rightly puts it, “If everyone became an author, we wouldn’t have professional critics. Just a community of people who cared enough to speak up.”
  • You will feel accomplished. You can choose to spend your day scrolling through Facebook or you can choose something more productive. Writing a book is a feat and so completing it is a huge accomplishment. For most of us, rejection is a fear lurking right around the corner. It’s easy to give into such fears. But the thing is, it doesn’t matter if the only person who reads your books your mother. You had the courage to finish writing a book and sometimes, it’s all that matters.
  • Everything else is much easier. Since writing a book is such a daunting process, after you’ve accomplished that, most other things seem relatively easy. “Pfft. Sure I can climb Mt. Everest, I’ve written a book!” Ermm…..okay maybe not that easy.
  • You can leave a heritage. It’s a common desired to be remembered long after you’ve passed away. Shedding pieces of yourself for the world you’re leaving behind. You can do that in many ways: Carving your name on old monuments is fun but illegal. Photos are nice but transient. Books, though, are made up of ideas. And ideas live forever. And who knows centuries later your book might even be part some school’s curriculum.
  • You will be able to differentiate yourself. In the sad, capitalist world we live in, competition is unavoidable. Like I mentioned before- writing a book makes you an expert. In any field, having written a book gives you a major upper hand. It is the surest way to get noticed. Your book is your Ace.

So close that Twitter tab of your browser, open Word and let creativity take the wheels. The next time someone brings up writing a book, you can smirk to yourself, “Been there, done that”.

Haya Abidi

 

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