I’ve just spent a few inspiring days in Arizona at Jeff Walker’s PLF Live 2013 event. While the event was focused on internet marketing, there were many writers there eager to use Jeff’s techniques to help launch their books. A question we were all asked was to define our big WHY for being in business.
Writers need to ask themselves this question too. What is your big WHY?
It’s one thing to want to be a writer and that’s a very courageous decision to make. These days, it’s never been easier to be a writer. Well, maybe it’s not that easy, but if you’re prepared put the work in and be disciplined, be committed to the craft and the process, then you can be a writer. But WHY?
Can you answer the question though? Why do you want to be a writer? It’s a question you really need to answer before you make the commitment to write. If you want to be rich and famous, well maybe that’s not the best reason to be a writer because it will always end in disappointment. It’s true that for most successful authors, fame and riches didn’t come easily. One thing they do all have in common is a commitment to an idea.
Can you answer the question yet? What is your big WHY? If you want to be a writer because you have something you want to say, well that’s a much more honest approach. Because writing is all about spreading ideas. Jeff Goins wrote an excellent blog post about this that you can read in full here.
If you have a good idea, your readers will want to share it. You’ll get more readers, who in turn want to share it. Sort of like a chain reaction. Then….kaboom. But it starts with the idea.
We want to be writers because we have something to say, something inside. Something that we haven’t seen written down in the form that’s rattling around inside our heads. So we write. We create. So we can share our idea. And that’s the second bit.
Do you share? I believe the universe gives us back what we put into it. If you share ideas freely, if you help people honestly, then that is a much more powerful way to get your idea spread then saying upfront ‘buy my stuff.’
Don’t you think?
If you want to write, share your ideas. Join a writing forum. Give feedback. Share what you’re working on with other writers. Take criticism with grace. Give it with sincerity. Maybe start a blog. Share. Be part of the wider writing community. And who knows, your idea might spark a chain reaction of your very own.
So, inspired by Jeff’s piece I’m giving away my book of short stories ‘Beautiful Lies.’ You can download it for free for a while on iBookstore and Barnes & Noble. I’d love to hear what you think of it.