With the emerging need to understand human behavior, self-help books have proven to be most effective in shaping the personalities of individuals seeking success. These books include advice, counselling, and a promise to make a difference in an individual’s life, given that he follows all the rules. But do the authors of these self-help book follow rules? Here are a few golden rules that lead to a successful and promising self-help book:
Effectiveness of Advice:
Effectiveness of advice in a self-help book is a degree at which the individual gets affected by the outcome of that advice. Most people are aware of the solutions for their problems but often hesitate in taking steps to resolve it. This is because of the lack of belief that their solutions might work. Self-help books offer sense of assurance to individuals reading it, persuading them to make changes in their lives.
Emotionally Persuasive Titles:
As cliché as it may sound, persuasive titles are effective in making readers connect with the content of the book. It is even more effective if it involves the perception of support to the reader. A title must offer a promise of outcome to engage more audience. A few examples of these titles are: Change Your Life In 10 Days or Heal Yourself. The key components of an ideal title for self-help book include individual’s association, an action, and a time frame.
Flow of a self-help book is one of the most essential elements, as it carries individual through a journey of self-reflection and progression towards achievement. It is advisable for the authors to create an outline that progresses through initial stages to the final rather than jumping from one topic to the other.
Relatable Examples and Stories:
Even though most individuals seek solutions to their problems when they opt for self-help books, but relatable examples and stories engage readers by outlining certain situations. Readers may relate to the characters to themselves and be better in understanding the intensity of change that they are required to make. It gives them hope, courage, and the sense to accomplish desired goals as the person in similar situation did in the example.
Reviewing the Final Draft:
One of the golden rules while writing a self-help book is to ensure that the content is effective enough to relate by targeted individuals. Ask questions like: “Will it help the reader in making the change?” “Will the reader be able to relate with the characters of examples?” “Is the tone of this book non-judgmental?”
Even though many writers believe writing through heart brings out the best results, but incorporating these golden rules will surely increase the effectiveness of content that aims to make a change in people’s lives.
Amirah Almousa is a passionate writer who loves to write on prevailing issues related to self-development. She wants to make people aware of the importance of self-betterment in life. Recently, her first book "Mama Is Gonna Take You To The Circus, Unlock The Joy Of Your Life’s Trip” is released in print format in the USA, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East; and the e-book has distributed from more than 70 online partners, serving readers across the globe. In this must-read book, author Ameera Almousa takes the reader, regardless of their age, on a journey through life manifested in various circus activities.
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