When to Write a Book: 7 Screaming Signs You’re Ready to Write a Book and Publish It

books expertise writing Jul 31, 2020

How to Know When the Timing is Right for You to Write a Book

So you've had a book inside of you for years, if not decades. You want to share your message, ideas, or expertise in a book that'll change people's lives. But you don't know if the timing is right.

Like any other investment, the sooner you write and publish a book the better. But you need to be at a certain place in your life and career to make the best out of the project. Although anybody can write a book on what they know, not everybody should.

Here are seven screaming signs that you're ready to write and publish a book:

1. You're still in the season of learning but you want to teach too.

You’ve spent years developing your expertise and, even though you’ve become extremely knowledgeable in your field, you feel you still have so much to learn.

You shouldn't write a book unless you have genuine expertise and can help your audience. That said, you should also feel hungry to learn more about your field. Writing a book is not only about teaching your audience, but it is also about learning from the writing process.

You will not be the same teacher at the end of the writing process. 

2. Your ideas are becoming a weight, and you're tired of shortchanging them.

The ideas you've developed over the years are weighing on you because you feel they're not given the recognition they deserve.

Although you should share your ideas, stories, and frameworks on other platforms, you need to beware of shortchanging them. Social media do not allow for the expression of highly nuanced ideas, and people undervalue free information.

By writing a book, you are stepping into your value and demonstrating your worth.

3. You want to get more out of your life and career/business. 

You’re in a place where your career/business is satisfying and paying well, but you feel like there’s more out there for you.

You should be in a place of relative abundance before undertaking writing a book. If you can barely pay the bills, writing a book isn't the best investment of your time. Instead, you should focus on finding ways to increase your value.

Before you can reach the level of impact, you need to do more than survive.

4. You feel that you can make a bigger, broader impact.

You would welcome the opportunity to increase your impact by being to share your expertise, ideas, or message with more people.

You will benefit the most from writing a book if you feel hungry to share your message with as many people as possible. Although increasing your revenue is an attractive reason for writing a book, you also need motivation that goes beyond yourself.

The writing process is a rewarding one, but it does require you to have a vision. 

5. You value your time and want to make the best out of it 

You consider time as one of your most precious — if not your most precious — resource, and you’re wanting to invest it in the most meaningful projects possible.

Many experts see time as their enemy when it comes to writing a book. Time, in fact, is their ally. If you view your time as your most precious resource, you should invest some of it to write a book. Writing a book will buy you back more time than you've invested by increasing your revenue and moving to new levels in your career.

It's counter-intuitive, but you need to write your book when your time is the most valuable.

6. You want to be the most compelling version of yourself. 

You want to become the most compelling version of yourself and grow into an even better spokesperson for the ideas you have.

Writing a book will increase your revenue and impact in different ways. One of these ways is by turning you into your most compelling self. Writing clarifies thinking, and it makes you more eloquent. By writing a book with the right process, you will be a better thinker and speaker — which will increase your opportunities. 

7. You understand that your ideas can survive you. 

You are coming to the realization that you’re mortal but your ideas don’t have to be, and you are wanting to leave something behind.

Your book does not necessarily need to be your legacy, but it certainly is something worth leaving behind. You've grown unique expertise and lived a worthy life. Although humans don't last forever, ideas do.

If you sometimes catch yourself thinking about where your expertise will go after you leave, you likely are ready to take the big leap.

Conclusion: where to go from here.

To recap, although writing and publishing a book is a rewarding process, you need to in a good position to write a book that will be impactful and profitable. If one or more of these signs spoke to you, you should begin writing your book.

Many believe they need to be natural-born writers to write a book. This couldn't be further from the truth. To write a value-packed book, it is much better to be a practitioner in your field than an observer.

You can always learn how to write a book, and it is easier than you think.

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