If I had a dollar for every time someone said: “Peter, you should write a book”? I’d have twenty-seven dollars. Maybe a bit more.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed writing. It has always come naturally to me, and the words sort of just flow. From an early age, I wrote essays about all kinds of show-stopping subjects like Apaches vs. cowboys, the statues on Easter Island, the mutiny on the Bounty, and essays about all kinds of airplanes.
I’ve levelled up since the early days of essay-writing, now I’m writing on a professional level. I enjoy spending time crafting sentences that create impact. Writing for different brands, or writing for myself, like I am doing now, has also always been a great creative outlet for me.
I’ve done (and still do) everything from blogging about marketing to ghostwriting, marketing content, website content, SEO, SEM, social media, interviews, articles, and press releases. You name it. Just never a book. And for some reason, people keep saying: “Peter, you should write a book.”
Well, be careful what you wish for because here goes nothing!
Published book or not, I have decided to invest time in myself (and as a father of two, me-time is a hot commodity) to both improve my writing chops and in the process, try to figure out both how to write a book and, what kind of book I’d enjoy writing.
Speaking of, that’s one major hurdle and without doubt, the main reason why I’ve never pursued book-writing before. I have no idea what my book should be about. Would it be an attempt at writing a witty but informative parenting guide? Or would it be a Marketing for Dummies book? Or maybe a fiction novel set during the prohibition era?
I can’t pinky-swear that I’ll end up writing a book, but for me, it’s a pretty cool challenge to take on. If you like, you can tag along for the ride. Or, if you’re a writer, maybe explore writing your own book?
I’ll be taking online writing courses, hammer away on my laptop keyboard, and learn more about the steps required to write and publish a book.
If all goes well, at the very least, I’ll emerge as a better writer with either a decent book idea or maybe even a self-published book.