The Effective Author: What Should You Write?
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What should you write about? Perhaps you haven’t written in a while. You have no pressing deadline, but the words are calling to be written. The creative urge has struck, and the need to write is fountaining within you. You have a lovely afternoon ahead of you, with nothing to distract you. Your laptop is fully charged, the lighting is perfect, and your favorite tea is in the spillproof mug at hand. You know you need to write. But what?
Ask yourself: what are my highest values, my most vivid experiences, the social issues that ignite my soul? Many authors have turned such intense feelings into great success:
- Consider the author with a passion for love stories and Scotland. The Outlander series from Diana Gabaldon has now sold about 56 million copies in 24 languages and even became a television series.
- Consider the woman fascinated by both cozy mysteries and the intelligence of cats. The late Lillian Jackson Braun wrote 29 novels in her series, The Cat Who…, and has sold millions of copies in a number of languages.
- Think of the British author with a quirky sense of humor and a fascination with cultures beyond Earth, who started writing radio scripts about a man who accidentally starts traveling the Universe. Douglas Adams’ A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has since blossomed into four novels, a television series, a PBS programming event, and two movie
In nonfiction, the examples are legion.
- A woman with a passion to share ways to make dinners in less than 30 minutes is now a television celebrity. Rachel Ray has her own television shows, cookbooks, and a cookware line.
- A scientist, with an unquenchable love of the universe, wrote a groundbreaking science television series called Cosmos. This led to a book of the same name, and 19 more books. Carl Sagan also wrote the science fiction book Contact, which became a movie of the same name, starring Jodie Foster.
Are you sensing a pattern here? Your own greatest interests may lead you into prolific writing and possibly even great profit. A Buzzfeed Editor, Chelsey Pippin, says, “Write the book you’re desperate to read.” To start writing this hour, sit down and just start, writing whatever comes out of your fingertips, for at least a half hour. Or pick a topic and search for quotes on that topic, before you start your free writing. Write around quotes you find. Years from now, people may be quoting YOU. Start today. Now is good. Go.
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, plus Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com. Kebba’s newest book is the full-color Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, also available through her office. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: email@example.com.