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The Four Fundamental Reasons for Writing a Book

        Grab your atlas, running shoes, (Spanish to English translator,) and a good book! You ready? Let’s go, fam!

From all my experience as a writer, I have witnessed four reasons for writing a book. I believe that these are the four largest and most common, if not the only motives.

        Laid out plain, here they are:

  1. As a source of income
  2. For yourself
  3. For friends and family
  4. For people in general

Now let me get a bit more in depth by what I mean for each point.

  1. As a source of income

Or, in other words, as a way to make money. This one seems pretty self explanatory. One writes a book, gets it edited and such, then publishes it, and then sold! (cha-ching!)

Eso es kind of the gist of it.

The goal is to make money off of the book, for whatever reason. Maybe it’s the main or only source of income, maybe it’s to buy gifts for friends and family, or maybe it’s to buy the latest Nintendo thing (don’t judge me, I know hardly anything about video games). It doesn’t really matter, as long as it rakes in that cash. (cha-ching!)

Eso es posiblemente el most obvious of the four.

  1. For yourself

        Ah, the old “for yourself” trick, eh? Alright, I can handle that.

        Like it says in bold print, one of the motives for writing a book is for yourself.  Perhaps you have a bunch of random thoughts flowing through your head that you just have to write down; perhaps you are writing it for your own pleasure, because you just enjoy writing; perhaps you are writing it for your future self.

        For example…

        As I said in my first post, Me, Myself, and My Blog, I started writing my first serious book in April. I don’t entirely recall the reason I started writing that book in the first place, probably for money, but recently I have rethought why I want to write my book: for myself. It was simply getting too complicated, so making it for money had to be pushed aside, for now, at least.

Here’s the short story (uh oh): It was (and is) just so fun to write it, and so many ideas for it were (and are) flowing through my head. As I reached my 15,000 word word-count for it, I realized that it was just getting too complicated, and would take years before it would be finished; I have a way of often overcomplicating things. So I just decided to continue to write it for my own pleasure and just let those ideas flow, however long it would take.

Now, enough with my boring examples!

  1. For Friends and Family

        When you open a book, one of the first pages has a sentence that goes something like, “To Annie; You are the brightest star in my life.

        That’s called a dedication, because you are, um, dedicating the book to whoever. Maybe “Annie”. Who knows.

        Basically, you are writing a book for a friend, or family. Take, for example, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In one of the first pages, one can see a note Clive Staples Lewis (yes, that is his full name) wrote to Lucy, his Goddaughter (it’s actually kind of amusing, the letter, so I  suggest reading it. And then maybe the actual book), hence, writing the book for her.

        And not just writing it for family or a friend, but also possibly writing it with one.

        Take, for another example, the book I am writing with my coauthor, a friend I met on the Young Writers Workshop. Our goal isn’t necessarily getting it published, but just writing a fun book with a friend.

        (I am not the best at explanations, so if you have a question, feel free to ask in the comments. 🙂 )

  1. For people in general

By this I don’t mean physically in a general store, but I guess they’re included too… just let me explain.

Autobiographies. Biographies. Historical fiction. Religious books. Those all teach about something. One of the main reasons many people write a book is to educate people. A large audience of people, if not everyone. An example of this would be one of my great grandfather’s books. It was a biology textbook (I’m not necessarily a fan of biology, but, you know, he’s my great grandfather) which actually became well known in the country he lived in.

        Even if it is for school, it is still a book (*cough* *cough* textbook).

        What I mean by, “for people in general”, is just what it says. For people. To inform or teach people about something.

        (Again, if further explanation is needed, the comment section is always there.)

        And those are the four reasons.

        You might be thinking, “Hey, Danny-boy, this is interesting and all, but how exactly does this help me in the long run?”

        I have three words for you: outlines and expectations.

        Knowing why you are writing a book can really help you in outlining a book. Also, understanding your expectations and such.

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador


3 thoughts on “The Four Fundamental Reasons for Writing a Book”

    1. Thanks! (I’ll tell my dad and younger bro -the ones who made it- you thought so! I would have helped, but I was busy writing and I get, *cough* nauseous on heights, especially when the high place isn’t finished or fully steady, but it is finished now)

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