When people get inspired or motivated, they reach for the nearest channel or outlet that could help them put to words what they’re feeling. Some people go for their paintbrushes and start to paint when inspiration comes up. Some people reach for their books and study when they feel motivated to study and prepare for their future. Others turned to write fiction when that light bulb inside their head lit up because of a story idea. Then other people start to write motivational, inspirational, or self-help books when they feel the need to share their experiences and help other people.
Author Grace Crook exemplifies what it means to write to inspire. Her book of poetry, Innerlight’s Eat and Drink My Words, tells of her journey going through life’s adversities, facing verbal abuse and physical trauma, and eventually, finding her saving redemption and living a happy life. Grace Crook’s delightful use of poetry reflected her passion for inspiring and motivating people, depicting that if she can do it and survive whatever obstacles life throws at her, other people can survive it, too. Grace hopes that through her poetry, she can be able to inspire other people to also write about their thoughts and feelings with the aim of them being able to find and understand themselves more; who they are, and what they are truly meant to be, to live a happy and peaceful life.
Writing from the Heart
To be an inspirational and motivational writer entails that the writer should write from their very deepest core – to write from the heart. Oftentimes, for them to become successful, they need to write about their experience, what they have gone through and how they were able to get through it. Inspirational writers, most of the time, serve as role models. Readers look up to them, especially when the experiences that the writers went through are almost the same experience, feelings, and thoughts that their readers are undergoing.
So to become an effective inspirational writer, the writer should be raw with their emotions. They should be honest and vulnerable because that very vulnerability gets to the readers the most. Knowing that the writer has gone through that same ordeal made the readers empathetic and sympathetic.
It is important to note that when someone takes a second glance and picks up an inspirational or self-help book off the shelves, they already have an existing interest, albeit subconsciously sometimes, in that topic. Deep within the readers, they already desire to seek help or something to anchor on to in life when facing problems. And that book title or synopsis apparently catches their attention, saying, “Hey, this is what you need. This book right here. This is what you need in your life right now.”
Tips on beginning that book
Taking the first step is always the difficult part of any process of life. The beginning will always present challenges and questions such as where to begin, how to start, and what to begin with. It is a common struggle every writer faces how to begin writing. Let’s look at some of the best practices followed by most inspirational book writers.
Be a passionate writer
Inspirational writers become successful because they write on topics they’re passionate about. For instance, if a person is an advocate against child or women abuse, they would use that advocacy on how to identify abuse and how to fight against it. If somebody is into nature and wildlife, they often write about what nature and wildlife can do for the environment and the best ways to protect them against destruction and extinction.
The same goes for writers wanting to start a career in writing motivational and self-help books. They need to identify first what kind of problems they want to touch on specifically and give advice. If the writer is a domestic abuse victim and has this urge and passion for preventing the same experience from happening to others, they should start by writing what exactly happened to them.
Empathy is the ability to put oneself in other people’s situations. It is being able to share, understand, and relate to other people’s thoughts, feelings, or situations. Being sympathetic is different. Sympathy is understanding another person coming from your perspective, while empathy is putting yourself where the other person is coming from.
Inspirational writers should bring out that empathy in their readers or let their audience feel that “Hey, I’m sorry you had to deal with this situation. You’re right. I would feel the same way too if I were in your place.” Encouraging empathy is an excellent way to connect with the readers and a good enough reason for them to keep coming back to the writer’s books as a source of inspiration.
Be positively relatable, yet avoid preaching at the same time
One of the potholes or stumbling blocks of an inspirational writer is the inclination to preach. Sometimes it becomes tempting to tell another that this is what they need to do and should do, that this is what they should have done in the first place. This is a major turn-off. It’s human to be wrong and commit mistakes in the first place, but nobody wants to be told off straight in the face. This would create a negative effect instead of providing inspiration or motivation. This would pull the reader deep down into the abyss of depression, turning off their integrity and self-love all the more.
As an inspirational writer, the main aim at the end of the book is to provide hope. When a writer shares their experience, they should be honest and open, but at the same time, end the note positively. This means they should make their readers be able to hold on despite the struggles, to believe that there is always hope. They should also give their readers who are going through the same attention some credit. They should acknowledge by saying, “You are strong by going through this, and I know you can make it! You can do it!”
The number one rule in becoming a successful and effective inspirational writer is always to keep the readers in mind when it comes to writing. After all, the readers are the reason why writers strive to write books. So, aim to inspire, aim to motivate, aim to help. Most of all, strive to give hope to the readers!