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6 Essential Tips for Writing a Self-Help Book of Your Very Own

tips for writing a self-help book

Self-help books are a very varied and unique genre. They are books specifically designed to uplift and inspire other people. Sans the name self-help books. They are meant to give people a whole new outlook on life and grow both mentally and emotionally. Technically anyone can write a self-help book. But this is easier said than done. In order for you to truly help your audience you will need to reach them first. Here are 6 Essential tips for writing a self-help book of your very own.

1. Draw from your own experiences

One of the main reasons why people are drawn to self-help books is that they consider it honest and sincere. This is why you should draw from your own experiences. Talk about the challenges that you had to overcome. Show your failures and your triumphs. By doing so, you will show readers how your mindset or philosophy developed. This will make your readers trust you more, and give weight to the things you say.

2. Have a set theme that you will follow throughout the book

When you write your self-help book, you should make sure that it has a set theme that you can follow. This theme can be about faith, hope, redemption, wellness, and self-acceptance. It can technically be about anything. What matters is that it fits your main goal, which is to help and inspire your readers.

3. Create a rapport with your readers

When you write your self-help book it is important that you create a rapport with your readers. Remember that your main goal is to help people. But you won’t be able to help your readers if they don’t trust you. So you should strive to create a rapport with your readers. Don’t be afraid to show your vulnerable side to your readers. Talk about low points in your life, and how you were able to overcome these challenges. This will serve as a form of testimony for your readers.

4. Back-up your claims with well-researched data

Aside from talking about your own experiences, it is also important that back up your claims with well-researched data. Remember that it is very easy to make a claim or statement. But if your statements turn out to be inaccurate, you may lose the trust of your readers. So before you even start writing your self-help book, you should already compile all the research material you need. Your research could comprise of stats, excerpts from books, or even interviews.

5. Use visuals to drive your point home

Visuals are a great way to make your content more interesting. Your writing may be top notch and your subject matter may be interesting. But visuals are always a welcome addition to any content. You can use visuals to make your work easier to understand. For example, you are writing about how a war veteran was able to overcome his PTSD or Post traumatic stress disorder. You can add pictures of him and his family to your book. This will show readers what he looks like, and give them a better understanding of the whole story. As the saying goes, a picture is worth more than a thousand words.

6. Be straightforward and concise with your wordplay

When you write your self-help book, it is important that you are straightforward and concise with your writing. Remember that your main goal is to reach your readers. But if you make your writing too wordy and superfluous, your overall message may get lost in the fluff. So make it a habit to make your writing straightforward and concise.

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