Fear Series: Writing a Book Will Not Make a Positive Impact

By: Mary Anna Rodabaugh in Book Writing and Editing
on July 27th, 2021

As we journey through the five common fears of book writing, let’s stop and explore the second most common fear. Many authors worry that writing a book will not make a positive impact. The time, effort, emotional output, and resources that are poured into the book writing process are extensive. Will it be worth it in the end? Will all of that work matter?

It is universally known that personal stories have the power to transform those who read them, but what if your story is about your brand or your business? Well, as it turns out, the best brand storytelling and business storytelling is through personal storytelling. A rule of thumb is that if your story transformed you in any way, it can transform others.

Make your impact!

Failure Is Part of the Book Writing Journey

We are all the heroes of our own story. Even transformations in your life that do not seem remarkable to you could be the exact teachable moment or dose of inspiration someone else needs the moment they find your book.

And if it doesn’t make an impact on readers, you may think: Does that mean the book has failed? That I’ve failed? If my book flops, does that mean I’m not a writer? Absolutely not.

According to a HuffPost article, the odds of becoming a bestselling author are bleak. But remember, not impossible. However, all authors, bestselling or not, must always endure a process of failure. Every author, no matter how successful, wonders if they will make an impact. They wonder if the book will ever make it to the finish line, be published, and be read and appreciated.

Although these fears may be valid, failure is a part of the writing process. Like anything you learn to do, you often learn most from failing. But writing and publishing a book is not only about sales or the impact of the masses. Most writers and authors will agree that the process of writing a book is self-transformative. The greatest impact of writing a book is what happens to you, the writer.

“The greatest impact of writing a book is what happens to you, the writer.”

Writing a Book Always Makes an Impact

For Kari Warberg Block, writing her book was meant to impact others but also gave her an unexpected journey: “[My goal was] to awaken that unstoppable force that lives within an entrepreneur once they discover their purpose and find their muse. What I didn’t expect was how healing, fun, and magical writing this book would become. It validated the choice I made in hiring RTC.”

Writing a book can be messy, but it is almost always a fulfilling process both for you and your prospective readers. Do not fear your story will not impact others. Rather, fear the person you may never get to be if you don’t tell your story at all.