In the next few blogs, we will list some questions that you can use as guidelines in order to help you discover the purpose behind your book. The more you think about the answers to these questions, the more they will help you discover your intentions for yourself and your readers. I have provided for you possible answers to help get you thinking.
Everybody wants to learn something from the book they read, whether it is your journey to healing or your tips on communication. Your book could have an educational component to it, and it could be a way that you write the curriculum for a future online program. If you wish your book to teach your readers either from your past personal experiences or from case studies that you have conducted through your own business, then you must frame your book so that your readers will learn as they read. The challenge with a book is that it is only a one-way communication and therefore you need to anticipate what questions your reader might have.
As you think about your answer to this question, and depending on the content of your book, you might realize you want your readers to learn how to communicate better with loved ones, or learn how to approach a task that will improve their business platform, or even learn to accept and value people of various multicultural backgrounds in their everyday lives. If you are a cancer survivor and writing about your journey through cancer, then you might want to help the reader understand what they are physically and mentally going through, what treatments and therapies worked and what didn’t, what to look out for, what to avoid, or how to talk to their loved ones during the whole process. Your book might be about how to handle the grieving process after the loss of a spouse or family member, or it could enlighten your reader about how to help and communicate with work colleagues in the office environment. No matter what your book’s subject is, you should think about what the most appropriate or useful skills are, the behaviors, coping mechanisms, tips, tools, or actions for your reader to learn.
If you write your book from the perspective of delivering information that will help your reader, your book will be richer and more interesting. As you write your story it’s a good idea to read back what you have written and ask the question “so what?”. Will the reader be interested in your story if there is nothing in it for them?