Should you write a book?Writing a book is huge. Even thinking about it poses various questions. Is a book really necessary? How long will it take me? Who still reads books? Can’t I just blog or tweet about it?

Real accomplishment

Just about anyone can write a blog, send a tweet or post a video onto YouTube. It does not require that much effort. Everyone has access to these platforms, and so expressing your idea in such a way is not seen as an accomplishment. Unsurprisingly, not just anyone can write a book, well, they can, but not necessarily one that is recognized and appreciated. Writing a book is a tremendous task. It requires your time, effort and a lot of determination to complete it successfully. People appreciate hard work and will see it as a sign of authority. This in a sense gives your idea more credibility than other platforms ever would.

Protection

One of the great things about having a book is having Copyright © protection. Unlike the internet, where hard work often gets wasted on content thieves, a book is protected by the law. You can be sure that no one will steal your work.

Opening

A book acts as an opening for more opportunities. When writing a book, you should ensure that you do not put all your eggs into one basket. This way, it can be a point of entry to more of your work, whether that is a seminar, video, product and so on.  It is not the end of your idea but instead the beginning of discussion about it. The great thing with a book is that it is a starting point. Once you have gained the attention of an audience, you can further develop your ideas and leave your readers wanting more.

Naturally, with the positive there are also negatives, factors you need to consider before deciding to take on the challenge of writing a book.

Unlike anything you have ever experienced before

Guessing that you have never written a book before, you should be warned that you are walking into a completely different experience. There is not really a methodical approach to writing a book, yes there may be some planning, but it is much more than that. It can be likened to painting. The creative process takes time and the rigorous schedule you are so used to sticking to may have to be bended a little bit.

Public footprint

Just like a digital footprint – a trail of data left by interacting online – a book is no different. Before stepping into the world of book writing, you have to think about whether you are happy with your ideas, because once they are published, there is no taking them back.

Personal challenge

Writing a book is putting yourself out there; you have to be able to take the good with the bad. As it is your thoughts and ideas that are put into it, any criticism naturally becomes quite personal. It takes a lot to comprehend that not everyone will agree with your ideas or your personal approach to it.

Quite a few final hurdles

So, you have completed the book and you are looking forward to taking a well-deserved break. Tough luck, the task is not yet complete. After writing a book, there is still the small matter of finding someone to publish it. If you are lucky enough to find a publisher, then you will have to go through marketing. You would think that would be it, but no, you still have to wait to see whether people are actually interested in buying it, and once they buy it whether they actually like it.

Is it a good idea for you to write a book? The first piece of advice is to stop umming and ahhing and just go for it. It is easy to get an idea across via a blog, YouTube video or tweet, but a book is a much better approach to reaching an audience. Not only that, but it is also the most effective way in influencing them with your ideas. Writing a book is the only real way of bringing a simple idea that you have, and turning it into a living, breathing thing.