I’m in the beginning stages of writing a book and I was tackling the question of ‘why write it.’ It’s funny how when an outside authority (teacher, boss, peer) requires a literary product from us (i.e. 10,000 word assignment or report) there is no question of ‘why’. It’s just ‘do.’ We accept the value of the work because someone else asked us to do it so it must be worth something. This is so even if we actually hate it!
So I discovered that my simplest most sustainable ‘why’ is really “It answers a question and solves a problem for me and is likely to do the same of others.”
I know there’s a whole lot more to say, but this gets me through the nagging, debilitating thoughts of “What if people don’t even read past my first paragraph…?”