“I am a hospice Chaplain. I have access to the most beautiful, complete, polished, wisest people in their final lap of life…priceless.”
Shane Dresen is writing a book inspired by the fascinating stories his hospice patients share with him. One day, after being particularly “amazed, humbled, and nourished,” he started jotting notes to himself. He eventually developed the framework for his book, which is not simply a collection of others’ stories – it is his message to readers, young and old, about appreciating the “living national treasures who are all around us.”
Did you ever read a book and wonder where the author got the idea? Both fiction and nonfiction books can inspire readers to consider taking an experience from their own life and use writing to bring it to the world.
There are many different motivations to write a book. You need to explore your own compelling reasons. They will energize and enthuse you to develop your book, work on it regularly, and see it to completion. Imagine your book completed, published and in hand. What are you most eager to do with it?
Tailor what you write to your purpose. For example, are you writing an eBook to impress current and future clients? If so, you should demonstrate your professional expertise and offer practical examples and solutions. Professionals often write this type of book, motivated by the need to stand out in the marketplace and among peers. It is inarguable that becoming a published author is one very fast way to gain instant credibility.
Another book inspired by real life is a children’s book I wrote and had illustrated. Published in 2006 and still selling on Amazon, It’s Okay, Ginger: A Story of Reassurance for Children When Parents Divorce, is creative nonfiction.
Sometimes an author writes an entire novel from a vivid scene or character in their memory. Roy Ford’s motivation to write his novel set in post-WWII London was to finally allow his inner author the breathing room and time to emerge and his creative writing to flourish. Ford says, “I always felt even when I was very small that I wanted to write. However, I discovered girls, got married, had children, and all the stuff that goes with it got in the way. Now I’m on the other side of all that I took the idea back out of the box.” Ford moved to Florida many years ago but grew up in England in the very era of his book, Gary Trotter. “There were a lot of relics from the war still around – bombed-out buildings, air raid shelters, gas masks, etc. There was a large munitions factory nearby that I use in the story. Just the kind of things and places that would excite the mind of a young boy; that’s how the idea for the book germinated. I took all those components, locked the young protagonist in an old air raid shelter, then went from there.” When I asked Ford his greatest wish for his book, he replied, “I want to get it published so that my family can read it, and from a personal perspective I would like to think it could be used to inspire the grandkids.”
The above examples are books which emanated from life experiences. Far beyond simply writing memoirs, your book can show that you have realized you have something to say and you are ready to say it. When considering your topic ideas, remember a book may enjoy some level of success beyond the friends and family circle if it is on a subject a wider audience cares about. Its success is further strengthened if it shines with the author’s authentic passion for the subject. These are the important considerations as you urge your inner author out to play.
[weaver_youtube id=mFbeJT4ICTE sd=0 percent=95 center=1 rel=0] Author Barbara Dee Shares Her “Sparks” For Three Different Books She’s Published
Barbara Deeis a columnist, editor, and president of Suncoast Digital Press, Inc. (Sarasota, FL) and co-author of the book, “You Can Write a Book!” (available on amazon.com.) (3 of her books are published under her former name, Barbara Bingham.)