There are as many reasons to write a nonfictionbook as there are books. But before you start to write, here are three questions you should ask yourself.
1. Why do you want to write your book?
Whether you are truly an authority on a subject or not, just by writing a book, people will assume you must be. When you know your topic and want to share what you know with others, a book is one of the best ways to do it. High profile business professionals often write books to pass along their business philosophies and practices to the next generation of leaders; to articlulate their personal visions, or to apply the hard-won lessons of their lives to the broader context of business society, academia or government.
2. What's holding you back from writing it?
Is it that writing a book is an overwhelming project? Perhaps you're not sure where to begin. Or is it that your plate is so full, so simply do not have time? All big projects can seem overwhelming when you view them in their totality.
To write a book, you must develop a plan and execute it one day at a time - taking it one step at at time. Anything you do for the first time has an element of mystery, simply because you have not done it before. But a visit to any bookstore will clearly demonstrate how many thousands of people have solved the mystery.
3. Do you have what it takes to write a book?
First it takes desire. Do you really want to write this book? You must be excited about your topic, and believe you can keep that desire alive through every step of the process. A nonfiction book takes months to plan, research and write. Self-discipline is mandatory. And support and guidance from a writing coach, a good editor, a book on writing, or even a writing group can make all the difference between going on and giving up.
[Bobbi Linkemer is a book coach, ghostwriter, editor and author of 17 books. Her clients include Fortune 100 companies, entrepreneurs and individuals. To visit her website, go to http://www.WriteANonfictionBook.com.]