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Why Write A Book And How To Do It

Joanna Penn

“Books can make us think and take us out of our lives.”

Joanna Penn notes:

“You know, life is hectic, life is crazy we all get bogged down in the day job and chores, in life in general.

“A good fiction story is basically entertainment that can make us think and take us out of our lives.”

Of course, non-fiction writing can also entertain and help readers – and the author – think and become more aware. That is one of the overarching motivations for me writing my own books.

Actor and author Jamie Lee Curtis talks about writing children’s books that “address core childhood subjects and life lessons in a playful, accessible way,” as her bio notes.

Curtis says she is “tremendously proud of my books. They are the closest thing to who I am as a human being. It is my sensibility. It is how I look at the world.”

From my article: Jamie Lee Curtis: Writing Is More Creatively Satisfying.

Author Chandler Bolt, founder of Self-Publishing School, writes:

“There’s this ridiculous misconception out there that ‘books are dead’ and that nobody reads them any more.

Chandler Bolt-from-video“Everyone’s talking about how video and audio are ‘in,’ so you should start a podcast or your own YouTube show.

“This is crazy! Books aren’t dead. They’ve been around for hundreds of years, and they aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

“There is one massive change that’s happening though … everything is going digital.

“Right now there are almost 3 billion mobile devices worldwide, 3 billion internet-connected laptop computers, and approximately 2 billion internet-connected tablets — iPads, Android, Kindle devices — and those devices are outselling computers right now.

“Companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon are monetizing these devices by selling movies, music, apps, and e-books.”


Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, as well as writer of non-fiction for authors. She has sold over 350,000 books in 68 countries and 4 languages.

At her site The Creative Penn, she provides “multimedia courses that give you everything you need to know about publishing, book marketing, and running a business as an author-entrepreneur as well as writing courses.”


Credits for elements in my video:

Chandler Bolt video clip is from his free video course on “exactly how to write, publish, and market your book” and his text quotes are from his “Book Launch: How to Write, Market & Publish Your First Bestseller in Three Months or Less AND Use it to Start and Grow a Six Figure Business” – available as a free 133 page pdf, along with the video course, from his site Self-Publishing School.

video: Jamie Lee Curtis Talks Acting & Writing with SEXYSASSYSMART.

video: Why read fiction and why write fiction? by Joanna Penn, The Creative Penn.

Background image for some titles: “nightgreen” by AlicePopkorn.

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Why Write A Book And How To Do It

Douglas Eby

Douglas EbyDouglas Eby, MA/Psychology, is a writer and researcher on psychology and personal development related to creativity; creator of the , and author of books including [link to book site with excerpts.]
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Eby, D. (2016). Why Write A Book And How To Do It. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 13, 2020, from


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