I’m currently writing my first self improvement novel. It will focus on crucial decisions that gradually mold you into the person you become. Of course, that sounds like any hero’s journey. However, this story also shares the consequences of not facing your fears.
Do you need fluff or answers?
I’ve written several popular self-improvement books. 10 Days to Lifetime Self-Discipline earns thousands of dollars every month. And readers of Social Confidence Mastery regularly email me about how much the book changed their lives.
So there is an audience for content that explains step by step how to improve their lives. I write the type of books I want to read. I cut out the fluff and focus on useful information. Some author’s books are full of unnecessary fluff to make longer books. Charles Duhigg’s books are full of fluff. The fluff stories in The Power of Habit are mostly interesting and well written. They rarely bored me.
But then I tried to read his next book, Smarter, Faster, Better. It starts well with interesting stories to illustrate points the author is trying to make. But then all those stories started to bore me and I couldn’t finish the book. It could have easily been half as long or shorter with all that fluff cut out. Pragmatic readers would have been very satisfied. But of course other readers with the attention span of an ant wouldn’t pay attention to the value many books have to offer without the fluff.
Why I’m writing a Self Improvement Novel
Even though I enjoy books that quickly get to the point, many people still need something entertaining to keep them engaged with meaningful content. It’s like tricking a child into eating broccoli by serving it with something sweeter.
Ive noticed some people complain when a self-help book isn’t entertaining. It’s like having a lifesaving surgery and then complaining that your surgeon didn’t make you laugh enough. He just saved your life and you aren’t satisfied with his jokes?! This mindset is clearly ridiculous and a symptom of one’s own addictions to external stimulation.
So I’m writing a self improvement novel because an entertaining story is more attractive to the type of people who actually need self-improvement advice.
Why You Should Read This Self Improvement Novel
You should read this self improvement novel if you want a better understanding of your own potential and how to make decisions that increase your confidence. Alternatively, I’m also writing this book in a way to scare people out of poor life choices that inhibit confidence and personal growth.
If you like Joshua Medcaff’s Chop Wood Carry Water, then you might like my novel too. Joshua’s book is very interesting even though his writing is often guilty of telling instead of showing.
Similarities and Differences
Like me, he usually writes non-fiction self-help. In Chop Wood, the main character starts as a weak protagonist that slowly completes his dream of training to become a samurai archer. There are some plot holes, such as why are we told about the main character’s injured brother in the beginning of the book? Are there really schools in Japan where you can go train to become a “samurai archer?” Then what do you do with your life after that? These are forgivable because the point is about the lessons the main character learns while training hard for many years.
In my book, I similarly start with a weak character terrified of rejection and pain. He faces fears and learns from difficult choices. But this is not an easy process. There will be plenty of setbacks, and I share methods that can help overcome these problems in the form of well written scenes.
In Medcaff’s Chop Wood, the main character is constantly reminded to “chop wood and carry water.” It’s a reminder to focus on the present moment and self-discipline to gradually mold yourself into a functional, successful human being. It’s a nice message. In my book however, I emphasize perseverance, and methods of facing increasingly difficult fears. It’s a process that gradually increases your confidence, and allows more abundance into your life.
When written well, a self improvement novel is both entertaining and informative.
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