- File Size: 238 KB
- Print Length: 91 pages
- Publication Date: March 12, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007JWIM16
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Building a Life Out of Words Kindle Edition
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Life hinted at where that space would be for me when I was a small boy and books picked me up and carried me away. If you came looking for me in the mid-80s you would have found me sitting on a large porch attached to a ramshackle farmhouse, reading about Narnia or the Shire, brushing away the flies, constantly saying, "Okay, mom, just one more chapter."
But then, normal life, with all of its misleading promises and plastic desires, got in the way. I wandered. Geographically, I went to a hot city in Florida, an old village in England, and then back to Virginia. Emotionally, I traveled even further. Finally, after ten years of searching, I found stories again. Or maybe they found me.
Now I live in that place I was always trying to find. I wake up beside my beautiful wife, Maile. I make breakfast for my four children. I spend the rest of the day capturing stories, doing what Steinbeck called the impossible: trying to explain the inexplicable. Trying to turn ideas into symbols.
Thanks for visiting my tiny bit of space. I'd love to hear about yours.
Top Customer Reviews
Building a Life Out of Words is short, but overflowing with wisdom and insight on how to live a life of meaning and purpose. Anyone who needs a kick in the butt to spur them on, this book's for you!
Great book and message!!!
Shawn Smucker was faced with such a situation. After returning from four years of managing a large business in England, he felt lost working 10 hour days painting houses and living in his parent’s basement with his wife and two children. When his aunt called out of the blue and asked him to write her life story, he had no idea how his life would be impacted. He approached the project tentatively lacking the confidence of a career writer. But when a publisher reviewed the initial two chapters that he had written, the publisher contacted him wanting him to write the book. Had he pursued other unrelated temporary opportunities, his writing career would have never launched. That first published book led to a second and eventually to a successful career in writing.
Building a Life Out of Words is a transparent look at the struggles of a 29 year old husband and father attempting to establish himself as a professional writer and the self doubts and second guesses that come along the way. It is a very encouraging story to those of us writing and wondering where the path will lead us.
His final line in the book is the most encouraging of all, “I hope that you will be known as a person who lives. Really lives. Someone who makes decisions, not based on what’s expected, but on what’s possible. Someone who does things, not because everyone else is doing them, but because it’s what you want to do more than anything else in the world. Now that would be a life worth living.”
This book is an amazing work. It is written from Smucker's point of perspective. The book is his experience of the struggle of an author that is grinding to make a living as a paid writer.
As a writer, I can identify with the struggle that Smucker wrestles with. It is difficult when you love to write and you have no platform, magazines and online publications reject your work, and self publishing is too expensive.
When you write, you are cutting yourself open and bleeding out on to the page. Every piece that you write contains part of you embedded into the pages.
Writing takes time. You are planting seeds. You are practicing. You are cultivating your craft and one day the world will be presented with your art. You are developing your voice. You are bold and confident with your words. You believe in yourself and your work but it is difficult to find anyone to buy into you.
Smucker just keeps plugging away. Writing book after book, article after article, blog post after blog post because the man does not give up. Smucker does say that there are times when he thought that nothing would happen with his writing. There were times where he thought that he should call it quits, throw in the towel. The key is...he didn't. He finally found somebody that believed in him the way that he believed in himself.
If you are a writer, you are probably like me. Words are just in you. They have to come out. If you do not write, you will explode. You have to write. You are compelled to write because you are a writer.
This book is inspirational, challenging, and provides a glimmer of hope.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This a gem of a book. It is inspirational for those who want to start a writing career. It is a reality check, honest and raw. I loved it. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mardi J Smyth
Inspirational. Makes you feel like almost anyone could do the same thing.Published 10 months ago by P. Hermes
An encouraging book for those who think writing for a living is a crazy dream. Shawn's story is full of ups and downs, twists and turns and practical advice, as well as advice... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lisa Bartelt
Short, easy inspiring read. Enjoyed Smucker's journey from aspiring writer to living the adventure. It's easy if you keep your dream alive and don't give in to the self-doubt we... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Yankee Woman
Everything Shawn Smucker writes is articulate, engaging, and worth your time to read. I was cheering for him and his family throughout "Building a Life Out of Words" and as... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Diane R
This was a very quick read. Shawn's stories of his year of living the writers life were inspiring and interesting. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Scott Allen Jeffers
I love Shawn's storytelling, and how well the stories connected with my own journey as a writer! I would definitely say that this is a must-read for anyone who aspires to b a... Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Dan King
All I can say is WOW. I didn't know what to expect but this was a great read. I highly recommend it to anyone. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by TBL
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