How I Wrote a Book Without Trying
This is for everyone who has an incomplete book
Writing a book can be one of the most challenging, uphill things to do. Mostly because it requires consistent effort, toiling behind the scenes, and working unglamorous hours.
I never thought I was going to write a book in the nearest future, I didn’t plan to, I didn’t think I had what to say or a subject matter important enough to talk about but here I am with an e-book.
The journey started last October when I was on compulsory leave from work. Thanks to meditation, I was calm and relaxed, and in that state of mind, I began doing what I enjoy — reading.
I started reading some of my favorite websites Medium when I came across an article about how writing every day changed this woman’s life and how she earns. Trust the Nigerian in me, of course, I want to earn, I want to make more dollars and be chill. So I started writing every day, initially, the thought of what to write about bothered me. Would I have enough inspiration to write every day? What would I write about? I started anyway thinking I might repurpose some of my old radio recordings for content.
I wrote about myself, my struggles, my breakthroughs, and the things I am figuring out daily. I wondered if I would find a niche, and what my niche would be.
But every day, I kept writing, reading, watching, and listening to what interested me and putting my thoughts down and the inspiration I got from them. Soon, a pattern began to emerge in my articles on Medium.
The day I wrote the article that inspired this e-book, I didn’t know that would be the one. But I wrote it anyway. Then it occurred to me that this is a great book idea.
If you had a recorder that showed you what you have been thinking about in the past decade, you’d be surprised at the pattern of your thoughts, writing has helped me record what I think about.
Writing every day helped me discover what I had to say, what I am interested in, and what I am knowledgeable about.
If you want to write a book and you are not sure what you want to write about, just keep writing down your thoughts every day.
There is something we are always trying to say, it is the lens through which we judge the world around us, when you document it every day, you’ll begin to find patterns, refine it, find angles, thoughts, and more resources around it. That is what your book will be about.
Now, after writing almost every day for almost a year, I have my first book ‘Never Run Out of Content Ideas: A Content Creation Guide for Beginners’. It is a guide to help you get out of your head and start creating like crazy.