The courage to write a book few will want to need or read

Posted May 24th @ 8:02 pm by Roger C. ParkerPrint

Tuesday’s writing tip for authors

Although I’ve never met him or talked to him, I have deep respect for Timothy Toasta; he had the courage to write a book about a topic few will want to read until they have to–#Death Tweet Book 02: 140 Perspectives on Being a Supportive Witness to the End of Life.

I can’t think of anything more frightening than to be in the position of offering end-of-life support to a loved one. The very idea is overwhelming.

But, I’m thankful that he wrote #Death Tweet Book 02. I feel better just knowing that it exists, in case I ever need it.

Impressions and lessons

One of my first impressions, upon encountering #Death Tweet, Book 02, was the courage it took to write the book, compared to the majority of the books I read and write about. Suddenly, my Looking Good in Print and Design to Sell books seemed somewhat peripheral to the real world.

The other “big thought” I had reading #Death Tweet, Book 02, was how well the 140-character, Twitter-based, THINKaha Series format works for books offering concise, helpful support when the going gets rough.

I recognize that there is occasional resistance to the 140-character format for books, but, as I was reading through #Death Tweet, Book 02, it struck me how perfect this format would be for ICU waiting rooms and bedside reading.

It’s a book you don’t have to read from cover-to-cover; just looking at a page can be enough to provide you with a bit of peace and a new perspective.

Together with #Death Tweet, Book 01: A Well Lived Life through 140 Perspectives on Death and its Teachings–these 2 books offer concisely-stated peace and strength when its needed most.

To all concerned, Good job!

Could you write a similar book?

The big question, of course, is, Do you have the courage to write a book that is as close to your personal life as Timothy Tosta did? Could you share as much of yourself, and put yourself on the line, for others who could benefit from your perspective? If you’ve read either book, share your impressions or questions below, as comments.


  1. timothy tosta
    May 24, 2011

    Thank you for commenting on my humble little books. As a cancer survivor, it took me awhile to figure out where my energy belonged. When I became a hospice worker and writer on the subject of dying, I knew I hit personal “gold.” I want to relieve some suffering in the world and this is my meager effort. But, with kind souls like you spreading the word, maybe this will amount to something!

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