This is a tale of two people I’ve spoken with recently. They’re very much alike. They’re about the same age. They’ve both had successful careers. They both write well. One is writing a book.
She’s my client. She wants to share the lessons she’s learned in her life and career with people coming after her. She knows her purpose and it propels her book writing forward.
The other person has many lessons to share, too. But he’s not sure which lessons he wants to share. He’s not sure if a book is the way to share them. He is sure that he doesn’t want to write a book just to check off “Write a book” on some bucket list.
Writing a great book is hard work, but it should be a growth experience, full of learning and satisfaction. Purpose is what makes that happen.