Writing a book doesn’t naturally features on a person’s life goals list. I think it doesn’t even come across one’s mind. I asked my sister once why not write a book for fun and she said, “Huh, so difficult…”.
We felt we have better things to do like meeting up with friends over coffee, dating, watching Korean dramas, YouTube surfing, tweeting, sharing (on social media, not in life), doing a photo-shoot before every single meal, and many many more…
So why do we not write a book?
The conventional reasons are:
- I don’t know what to write about
- I’m not knowledgeable
- I don’t have the time
- Why bother when no one will want to read my work?
- I speak poorly so I write poorly too
- No one listens to me so who would read my writings?
- I can start a book but I can never finish it
- It doesn’t matter, I will not die in regret.
The last I thought about abandoning the idea to write my book, a novella, I felt I saw the future me. Old and bitter and full of regret.
I believe that, to write and publish a book in one’s lifetime, is a noble goal.
So what’s the problem exactly?
What I see as the chief reason for not wanting to write or couldn’t finish writing a book is the lack of instant gratification.
We live in an age of instant gratification.
Food: We have McDelivery
Music: We have Spotify
News: We have bbc.com, Twitter, Facebook, other news sites.
Movies: We have Netflix
Anime: We have Animax, Kissanime, Crunchyroll, etc.
Gossips: We have Facebook
Quickest gratification: Picking your nose