• Jenna Benton

What to Ask Before You Begin

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

It's good to take some time and ask yourself some questions before you begin.

The decision to write a book usually comes after spending too much time being afraid and procrastinating. Here are a few questions to ask yourself in the beginning.

Why am I writing this book? It helps to identify your "why". When things get tough, when your schedule overwhelms you, when you start to feel afraid, remembering why you are writing will help you power through.

What kind of support would help me? Are you the type of person who works better with accountability? Do you thrive when there is a reward involved? Whether it's inviting someone into your process or buying yourself little goal rewards along the way, figuring out what helps you feel motivated and encouraged is really helpful.

What is my end game? It's helpful to know what the "takeaway value" of your book is. In other words, what do you want your readers to know when they turn the last page and close your book? Do you want them to see life differently? Do you want them to learn something new? Knowing what your goal is will help you start out on the right foot and fight until the end.

Who is my reader? I know many writers want to just write what they are passionate about, and that is fine if you are just writing something only you will read. However, if you're hoping to share your book, it may be helpful to get to know your ideal reader. Spend some time researching and asking questions, and you'll be leagues ahead of where you would have been otherwise.

Am I really committed? One way I knew I was committed was I finally decided to commit at least 15 minutes per day just writing. That meant fingers on the keys, phone on silent, intently and furiously writing. To do that, I had to get up at 5:00 am before my family woke up. If you can't commit to even 15 minutes a day, are you really committed?

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