I have a dilemma. Writing a book is a lot of work which requires a lot of self-motivation. I’m not sure what the motivation was for writing the two books I’ve written, but it wasn’t money. If someone told me they wanted to make money from writing books, I’d tell them to write fiction or a business book which they could use to make money from speaking or consulting (not non-fiction humor).
Now the dilemma I have is: do I write a third book?
I wrote a lot of words for a third book a few years ago. The topic was going to be stories of working in the service industry, but it turned out I had more observations than narratives. But from this, I noticed an opportunity to take the narratives I have and compile them into a book on a different theme: stories of embarrassing failures (one could argue I touched on this in my first book).
The irony of having written two books is that I didn’t do a huge deep dive into learning about becoming a better writer until after I had already written two books. Now it seems my motivation for writing a third book is to prove to myself that I am now a much better writer (I’ve also read about 30+ books on storytelling since writing my first book).
Perhaps I wrote this blog post to convince myself that I should write a third book. But if you have an opinion, you can share it anonymously below.