Note that the question is “should you write a non-fiction book,” not “could you write a non-fiction book.” The reason is that I sincerely believe that everyone has a story to tell or knowledge to share that could serve to benefit others. In addition, as the author of several non-fiction books, I have learned that though the process of writing and publishing a book may be highly time-consuming, it is not complicated; and, indeed, can offer many benefits.
Non-fiction book writers, in particular, serve to provide useful information and instruction to readers. Sharing your knowledge is a service by which you can touch the lives of others. By reading your work, readers may expand their knowledge and experience. This, in turn, may help them develop skills that will help them improve the quality of the life they lead. Thus, by writing, you can help others grow.
In addition to the possible benefits to readers, an author may benefit as well. Writing a book can be a cathartic experience. This is especially true if what you are writing about revolves around your own personal experiences. Revisiting and reviewing your own experience from the perspective of an author (or the reader), may serve to help to resolve issues associated with that experience. Beyond those benefits, writing a book can help to solidify your expertise on a particular subject, can also help to build your brand and name recognition, and can also become a passive income stream. Thus, whatever the reason for writing a non-fiction book, it is likely to be beneficial to you, as the author, as well as to your readers.
So, what are you waiting for? As someone who coaches new and aspiring authors through the process of writing a book, I can tell you that the reasons those considering writing a book often put off doing so, revolves around one of three issues:
- They don’t know where or how to start
- They lack confidence in their own skills and abilities
- They are afraid of being judged by others
In regard to the first, my advice is to just start. Start by educating yourself on what the process entails: conduct research, read books, join writing groups, find a mentor or coach, attend workshops, take online courses, and just begin writing. You will learn as you go that it takes time, but is not hard to do. In regard to the second, I like to remind writers that we are our own worst critics, and that whatever you believe your challenges are, you can find a way to overcome them. Finally, in regard to the third, it’s important to remember that others may judge you regardless of what you choose to do. If you are truly passionate about the idea of writing a book, you owe it to yourself to pursue it. It’s not what others think, but what you think that matters most. Thus, if writing a non-fiction book is what you desire to do, then go ahead and write on.