Two weeks ago I got to visit the beautiful Pacific Northwest to teach a workshop about book promotion. I met the most generous and supportive group of writers at BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Regional Network) and we dug into how to find readers for fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
One of the most important questions to ask as a writer is “Why?”
Why should a reader care about my book?
Why should she invest her valuable time?
And why the heck am I writing this book in the first place?
It’s not reasonable for an author to expect to inspire someone to pick up her book if she doesn’t know what inspired her to write it in the first place. How can you assure someone they won’t regret reading it when you have no idea why they might get something valuable from it?
So, the first exercise we did in the workshop was to answer the question: Why are you doing the work you do?
I watched brows furrow around the room as the members of the group considered the question. Then, one-by-one, I watched realization hit. When people shared their reasons—everything from giving a voice to baby boomers to inspiring children to explore outdoors—you could hear the passion about their topics in their voices.
Whenever I read a book I love, I always want to know what inspired the author to write it. Don’t you?
To that end, I’ll be writing more soon about what inspired me to write my current projects, as well as sharing some books that have inspired me to ask “why?”
But for now, I’ll leave you with some pictures that have inspired me to put the Pacific Northwest on my list of places to visit again soon.
Until next week!