Updated: Jun 23
If you're planning to write a book, whether in the near or far future, consider the following questions before attempting to write a book:
· Am I capable enough to write that much? Writing a book requires skill which allows you to write beyond mere laconic sentences. While the amount may be dependent on your type of book, there is still a demanding minimum amount of words - or pages, to be exact - that printing and publishing firms may require. Perhaps you’ll have everything you want to say in only a few lone thousand words, and that’s not enough for the creation of a decent book. Writing a book is a expressive ability not everyone are capable of.
· What do I want to express through my writing? This may be the most important question when writing a book, because writing supposed to be a form of communication to deliver to other people your thoughts, feelings, opinions and information. Do you have something you want to channel to others by writing a book? What would the subject, or subjects, your book would be about?
· Do I have the money? Not all people have the funds required to publish a book. I myself send my later-to-be-books at a private printing firm, because publicly spreading it in bookstore corporations is too expensive in my country, and even non-beneficial, considering the short and temporary lifespan of the average book in the store. It’s much more cheap to print your book in a printing house and simply give it to other people yourself, and perhaps create a PDF file and share it to the internet if you do not write for the money. Nevertheless, writing for money is very inefficient, let alone write as a source of income.
· Do I have the time and discipline to do it? Again, not all people are capable to write a book, and that may be for various reasons. One of them may be lack of time or self-discipline to dedicate oneself for such a time-consuming work. Yes, writing a book is a serious work. Even if you may start writing the first pages, it doesn’t mean you’ll have the entire time or dedication to complete it. Some have one, some the other, some both and some not at all. You ought to have both values if you wish to succeed in such extensive work of writing.
· Will I be prepared to receive criticism? While my books received many positive reviews, a common criticism was that my writing is not approachable to the general populace because of the level of language I used, and I have to agree to that constructive criticism. Understand your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and do not be afraid to receive even negative criticism. Use that criticism as a piece of knowledge that can be used to improve your writing skills.
If you are going to attempt to write a book after you have considered all of these questions, then best of luck, and don’t feel ashamed if you might fail; at least you may have experienced something different and learned about yourself!