Why Books?

in #writing2 years ago

This post was co-published at talanhorne.com.

I suppose it's a legitimate question.

After all, if you're going to dedicate your life to a high-risk career, why not pick something more exciting? Why not go for the brass ring of sports, music, or acting? Or, if you must choose writing, then why not write for movies or TV?

Surely, any of those options would be more worthwhile.

Except No, Not Really

When it comes to any career, your best bet is to go with what you're passionate about, provided that passion is solid enough to lift you above all the noise and competition. So I want you to understand that nothing I say in this post is meant to denigrate any of those other career choices. Any of them could be right for you.

But early on in my life, I was able to write them off as poor investments. Through process of elimination, I discovered that writing books was objectively the best option.

Feasibility and Cost-Benefit

With a little bit of study, it is easy to come to the conclusion that some of the world's most coveted dream jobs have surprisingly deep drawbacks. Some are simply out of reach and others are not worth bothering over.

Let's examine a few of them in depth.

Sports: Your success is largely determined by birth circumstances. Were you born tall, strong, or flexible? If not, then you're wasting your time. All the passion and training and gumption in the world will not make up for physical inadequacies that you have zero control over.

Dance: You are limited by an insurmountable age cutoff. Are you already in your 20s when you discover that dancing is your passion? Well, too bad. You missed that boat forever.

Also, the dance world's obsession with body image is even greater than what you find everywhere else. Simply being at a healthy weight is enough to disqualify you from the entire ecosystem.

Music: The age cutoff is different than dance's, but still there. You have to master (not just learn) an instrument while you're still in your teens. You often have to collaborate with other young talent, where you risk either getting overshadowed or going your separate ways.

Acting: The worst of all worlds. You get age cutoffs, body image obsession, and the lottery of birth circumstances all in one package. Add to that the predatory casting couch practices (which can no longer be denied in light of recent events) and the near-infinite amount of competition and the long work hours. And the minefield of public image where a single misstep can end your career forever.

Actors have less agency than perhaps anyone in the world.

But Surely, Writing is Different

Writing, in general, does have a few benefits over the other most coveted careers. There is no age cutoff, and body image is mostly irrelevant, and birth circumstances are considerably less important (though not negligible).

However, many kinds of writing come with their own pitfalls.

TV Writing: You usually serve on a team of writers, and are largely replaceable. Even a show's original creator can get fired without much justification. Producers just add more writers when necessary and dismiss any who are noncooperative or superfluous.

Scripts are written at a roundtable where everyone contributes and no one owns the final product. There's a good chance you'll get overlooked, or that all your ideas will get shot down. And when you leave the project, you take none of it with you.

Movie Writing: Any contribution you make is likely temporary. When your screenplay is done, the studio will hand it to another writer who will "fix" it, tossing the parts they don't like and taking credit for the parts they do. If you even get a screenwriting credit, you're lucky.

And, once again, you own nothing that you created. If the project starts as a movie, you can't later turn it into a book without the studio's say so, because legally the studio is the author of the work. All royalties go to them, and the residuals maybe go to you (if you negotiated your contract right).

Advantages of Writing Books

As with TV and movies, writing books requires collaboration...but with a positive twist.

The book author retains sovereignty over their work. All creative choices concerning the book pass through the author (cover art can't always be negotiated, but the author at least gets to pretend that they approved it). Edits cannot be forced or coerced upon the author, either, though a wise author will listen to all their editors and try to set ego aside.

And, when all is done, the author owns the newly created Intellectual Property. All royalties go to the author. All subsequent adaptations, translations, reimaginings, and based-ons are at the author's discretion, with a cut of the money going to them at every stage (so long as they manage their rights correctly; but even if they don't, the author is still legally recognized as the originator of the IP).

If I were to make a comparison, I would say that writing for TV, movies, or the news is like having a work-for-hire contract that pays a set amount and then is done. But writing a book is more like entrepreneurship, where your property goes to work for you and continues to offer up returns over the course of its lifetime.

Entrepreneurship may not be right for everyone, but you're not going to achieve lasting success as a wage slave to some other entrepreneur.


After writing a few books, I've become convinced that almost anyone can do it. I also wonder, at times, why everyone isn't doing it.

From where I'm standing, book writing appears not only as a dream come true, but as the most practical option. For all the risk an author takes getting a book written and published, they have also avoided much bigger risks in a host of other fields. I can only come to the conclusion that there is nothing crazy about my chosen career path.

But then, I have an aptitude for it. Others may encounter roadblocks that do not apply to me, and I have to admit that I am blind to these obstacles.

Still, my position has a workable case. I invite all to consider it and maybe take a plunge into the field. It's never too late to start writing books, and there's never a good reason not to.


I don't think writing book (authorship) is a common ability for all of us! Personally I am not a good writer and I can't write long essay or story since my childhood! But I am a good reader! Reading books gives me more great feeling than watching TV!


It is definitely an acquired taste for example I do not think I can make reviews like yours, much less create a book, make a book is like creating a good beer and in itself is art. Regards

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After all, if you're going to dedicate your life to a high-risk career, why not pick something more exciting? Why not go for the brass ring of sports, music, or acting? Or, if you must choose writing, then why not write for movies or TV?

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There is soo much I can say about why books are important for myself as an individual and for the world in general. Books, and libraries in particular, were safe spaces for me. There were no limitations, and I was given permission to simply be, to make messes and be my own hero. I was able to sound out words and have no shame in being a slower reader, or having a speech impediment. The characters weaved together a world both in the real world, and also created new ones which reminded me that I am important, and I matter. Books were important for myself as a little girl, a little brown girl who felt as if I was not allowed to be a princess, pirate, or heroine. Books were important in showing me the variety of characters be it skin color or other background, and helped me to be curious and brave. I also think in going to the library at a young age I was able to see there were other people in the world who were just as passionate about stories, and were excited to share their findings.

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books are so important because some of they comfort me, but most importantly because they open my mind. I am forever grateful to be able to read in two languages because the diversity of books I can read is huge. I read books from Nigerian, Afghan, American, Irish, French, Congolese, Japanese, Danish, Brazilian authors. Thanks to you I also read books from LGBTQ authors. And each time I get a glimpse into someone’s way of seeing the world,

It's hard to sum up why books are so important. Books were my best friends as a child, a comforting presence and a world I could revisit again and again. They expanded my imagination. They fed my curiosity. They taught me about places and people and language my small town upbringing could never have introduced me to. They have provided refuge in times of stress, joy in times of sorrow, empathy in times of loneliness, and knowledge in times of ignorance. Books are everything you could ever need them to be.

Books mean a lot to me and they are so important! 🌟 Reading expands the horizon, the imagination and the knowledge. Sometimes it brings you in another world, in another character or another place. I love it!

Books helps to develop a person as a thinker, as a doer, as a social creature who shares has a responsible to their fellow persons. Books have personally made me think for myself and helped me to be aware that my life is one of billions of lives both last and present. I wouldn't be who I am without books and reading. I thank God that my mother was a reader, that we had books in the house, and that she encouraged me to read.

I love reading because it relaxes me. I feel good when I am reading and I think I am a better person when I am reading. I love learning new things, it is very stimulating, and reading is the best way to learn. I find the meaning of life, or at least, the meaning of my life when I am reading. You will never be alone if you love books. I’ve read your Weird things customers say...and I enjoyed it very much.

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Fantastic 👏 Thanks for sharing @talanhorne 😍 Books and reading are everything to me and I just couldn’t imagine life without them

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Excellent review man keep it up. Reading books are the most important thing in life. Books are very important for everyone. Books give inspiration to everyone. Reading books is one of the best hobby in the world. Everyone should read books instead of playing electronic games which cause problem in science.

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I love to read books.I m daily reading a book.Reading the books and increases your knowleage.Must read history book.Books reading better than watching serials or movies playing games.I m.also reading islamic books.Really great post.Thanks for sharing.

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