There are many reasons to write a book. Some are probably better than others. But given we are all so different, what works for me could be ineffective for someone else. So just keep writing. The last page will come!
You must write a book because emotions and imagination count, and a book is a perfect vessel to spread them. For example: consider theorems and formulas. They’re certainly important to build a solid bridge, but then if nobody uses it to meet new people and exchange experiences, the bridge is next to useless. Instead, form and function are inextricably linked in a book. The moment you read a story, you also metaphorically meet the author. Both in the words and the style they’ve chosen to tell the story.
Order out of chaos
Words must proceed in a line, one after the other — like music. This requirement forces you to put order into your thoughts and also decide what has to be said and what is better left unsaid. You can therefore consider writing as a way of thinking according to architecture.
Introspection and passion
Writing a book, no matter the genre, helps you get to know yourself better. In fact, to create believable characters, writers need to draw on their own knowledge of human psychology, and the best subject they have at their disposal is themselves! In addition, to tell the story in a manner as convincing as possible you have to believe what you write — you have to believe it with all your heart.
Writing a book can help you think about difficult subjects from a new perspective, and so test your assumptions. It’s really unbelievable how many nuances and different courses of action we can spot once we put ourselves into someone else’s shoes.
Your story matters. That’s why you must write it, even if it’s similar to many others. First, similar doesn’t mean identical. And if you’re not convinced, just consider we’ve still battling biases and prejudices based on such inconsequential differences like skin color.
Second, we humans have been telling stories since the dawn of time. If we’ve been at it for such a long time, it must be because stories are extremely important, and we know it on an instinctive level. So if you feel you have something to say, just go ahead and tell it.
Writing a book, and finishing it, is like climbing a high mountain or running a marathon. It’s such a difficult feat it teaches you self-discipline and patience. Also, it gives a tremendous boost to your self-esteem and confidence.
Writing a book is also a touching way to pay homage to someone you love. By extension, it’s also a way to celebrate life in all its facets. You can “keep in touch” with people who have passed on. You can speak to distant friends, to the lovers of your youth. You can even celebrate your future self and friends, just speculating about them!
A good reason to write a book is because the blank page calls you like Ulysses’ sirens. And you’re way crazier than the ancient hero.
An incredibly good reason to write a book is because you want to be able to tell everybody you wrote a book. You want to let everybody know you can do that — even if you’ll soon discover nobody gives a fuck. Not about your book and not about you. I’m saying this not because I believe the people are mean. It’s just they too have written a book — a book about which you couldn’t care less…
They’ll be famous
You want to get rich and famous. It’s a legitimate aspiration. However, in such a case you’d better spend your time doing something different, like coming up with new successful start-up. You see, literature masterpieces don’t correlate that well with wealth… And fame is notoriously fickle.
If you want to write a book because they told you writers have incredibly interesting lives… Well, it depends. After all, writers are just regular guys. Most of them lead boring and even soporific lives. Only a handful live exciting lives. But this is true of everybody, no matter their job.
If you want to write a book because you can get drunk while you wait for inspiration, or you can get laid while you wait for inspiration, or you can smoke pot while you wait for inspiration… well let me tell you just one thing: waiting for inspiration isn’t going to make you a serious writer.
Besides, with all that alcohol, sex, and pot, you’re never going to have the time to write. Not even a word.
Oh, sure… There have been many famous writers who lived the bohemian life. But most of them ended up pretty badly. Obviously we can’t ask them if they would rather have changed something in their lifestyle. However, what I know is that I enjoy life the most when I’m fully aware of where I am and what I’m doing. I’m sure you can do the same.