Guide to Writing a Motivational Book

Have you ever faced insurmountable challenges? Were you able to overcome them? Are you passionate about helping others succeed in life? Do you believe your story is worth being shared? If you’ve answered yes to all these questions, it’s time to transfer your experiences onto paper. Don’t know where to start? Here are a few guidelines for developing your motivational book.

Write your thoughts and ideas in a journal.

This journal will serve as the place to share your inspirational thoughts. Furthermore, record your setbacks, strategies for overcoming those obstacles and the positive results you received from applying them to your life. Communicate your points in a simple and clear manner. Your writing should focus on the crisis you experienced and how you rose above your circumstances victoriously. Provide relevant details only. Dwelling on the negative and your biographical information are not necessary. Remember your readers must connect with you through your story. In other words, they can place themselves in your shoes because they are either going through such challenges or they are in the process of overcoming the obstacles you raised in your narrative.
Select a market for your motivational book. Who can benefit from your story? Is it for persons who desire to increase their artistic ability, start their own nonprofit organization or business, develop healthier relationships in their home and work environment?
Compile a list of accomplishments that readers will experience after reading your book.

For instance, if your book deals with starting a nonprofit, readers should be involved in activities such as developing the mission of the organization, interviewing possible candidates for their board of directors and incorporating their nonprofit with the respective authorities of their state.

Structure your book.

Now that you have written your content, it’s time to place your information in a systematic fashion for readers to consume and digest. For instance, how many parts should the book contain and how many chapters would constitute each part. Structure your book in such a way that readers will encounter the easy concepts at the beginning and the more complex and advanced topics from the middle up to the end of the book. Provide an introduction that stimulates the interest of your readers. The introduction should explain the purpose and intent of your text. Conclude your work with a summary of the ideas you previously expressed. Furthermore, provide a few recommendations to your readers on where they can acquire additional knowledge in the areas discussed in your book.

Gather testimonies from professionals and people who have implemented the strategies discussed in your book and achieved success.

You can present this information as Q&A interviews, quotes or one-paragraph stories.

Hire a professional editor to edit your manuscript.

If you are going along the traditional publishing path it is important to have your work edited before sending it to a literary agent. This is also the case with self publishing. Although the content of your work may be great, sending your manuscript to a literary agent without editing may disqualify you from being considered for a publishing contract. From a self publishing perspective, your work will be viewed as amateur.


Haliyma Barrow is a freelance writer based in New York.  She started her journalism career in 2004 as a staff writer for IUP’s student newspaper, and now she regularly contributes writing to EduBook.


If you don't have integrity, you have nothing. You can't buy it. You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not a moral and ethical person, you really have nothing.
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  1. Hi,

    I’ve written non-fiction before and have recently been given the task of helping with a motivational book.I am glad to have found your article as it has given me some great ideas.The part about listing what the reader will get from the book is so obvious, yet I hadn’t thought of it.
    I’ll be sending this along to the ‘author’ – thank you so much!

  2. Hi,

    I’m going to write my motivational book because i’ve got to move forward with my life and you helped me a lot, i just made few first steps.

    Thanks a lot.

  3. I have a gift to lead youths, it started wit my friends den d church. Der is a natural gift in me to advice n direct. I’ve always wanted to write a book to help d youth. I’v got lots of ideas but my prob is how to put dem together.

  4. jacqueline says:

    thank you so much for this article. I have always been told that I should write a motivational book. I am currently an elementary teacher, but I would love to write a motivational book to help people to get on with their lives:)

  5. Lloyd Molefe says:

    Your Words have really helped me, I astarted writing a motivational book some 2 years ago, now I’m on my 5th Chapter but My main concern at this Point is getting a Good enough Publisher who will Publish my book world wide, am I living in a fairytale for aiming that high For my book? I believe I’m a Great writer, Poet & lyricist, now this book is Just a way Of Sharing & in a way motivating individuals who will be reading it.

    I’m based in South Africa & I would really love for this book to be worldwide, could you perhaps assist If you have time or know of any Good Publishing companies I could Use?


  6. Great information. Thank you. Im in the business of simplifying life. I speak and mentor as a profession (goal accomplishing / focus / mindset / time management etc …..) I have a clear message to share but unfortunately im not a writer. Can anyone point me to someone who writes and is perhaps looking for a message or story or any other suggestions to move forward. Thanks

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