The First Step of Any Compelling Book
The Who and Why of Your Book is what attracts and keeps a reader’s interest. It makes your book unique, the only place where readers who appreciate folks like you can find your wisdom and hard-won perspective.
In the one-of-a-kind world invented by a brilliant writer named L. Frank Baum in The Wizard of Oz, there was only one place somebody in dire need could go for help: the Wizard’s imposing castle. Every answer was delivered with great fanfare and clouds of smoke.
Until the clever, fearless Dorothy uncovered who the real “Wizard” really was behind his curtain. He wanted his help to gain a heart, a brain, courage, and a way home.
Pull Back the Curtain
That’s also how books work. A reader wants to read something that can help them get what they’re looking for, quickly and easily. But there only seem to be recycled words and irrelevant points, presented with clever fanfare by profit-minded gurus. You can and should do better.
If you think about it, a writer first needs to open the curtain of verbiage they’ve always hidden behind. Bring your values (and value) front and center, where they’ll do you the most good.
Basically, the only way your book will attract attention and inspire new behavior is to:
- Stand out by offering a unique value that cannot be “scaled”
- Spark meaningful change and emotional resonance, and
- Produce a book that people will care deeply about
Simple and Fun!
So how do you start doing that? By making sure that whatever you write really reflects your life meaning and values, rather than coming from somebody else with a very different purpose.
Here’s the good news:
It’s simple and fun to discover your life meaning, sense of purpose, and “Why? statement.
Whatever’s most important to you, what you’re really good at, and your true potential.
And it all starts with a happy memory.
- Get physically and mentally relaxed.
- Then recall your earliest happy memory. In as much detail as possible: colors, sounds, people around you.
- Next, reflect on that memory until it represents the start of a pattern in your life.
- And identify what that pattern is, clarifying it until you see how it has shaped your life.
Like key phrase you add to a blog post, this emotional memory will remain your most reliable guide to better decisions, choices and lifestyle.
So introduce it quickly in your book, and use it frequently as your main character’ leitmotiv. Your readers will thank you for it!