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Building a Life Out of Words by [Smucker, Shawn]
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  • File Size: 238 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JWIM16
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A friend of mine suggested this book and I'm so glad he did. While I especially connected with this book as an aspiring writer, I believe it's relevant to anyone looking to live out their dreams.
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!
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Often times when life throws us a curve ball, out natural tendency is to find some corner somewhere, cry in cup of coffee, and sing our favorite verse of poor, poor me. But what if we drew a deep breath, stepped back, and considered for a minute how we could use this opportunity to make a positive change of direction in our lives?

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.”
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Shawn Smucker's story of Building A Life Out Of Words asks the question - What Are You Willing To Sacrifice To Become A Full-Time Writer? All to often many people look at the success and fame of so called "overnight successes" and jump in without the slightest idea of sacrifice and commitment that the life of words require. Shawn's story is of a journey, his journey told in diary style that chronicles the ups and downs, the joys and disappointments of committing to an unknown future that not only affects him, but his wife and four kids that he must somehow support along the way. What makes Shawn's journey fascinating is the choices he makes to stay true to his writing without giving in to the normalcy of a nine to five routine.

For anyone considering the writing life this book is an inspiring journey of commitment that will give you an inside look of what it takes to succeed. Shawn not only includes his own story, but interweaves nine essays of fellow writers who have made their writing life work. Want to become a writer and live the dream? Take the first step. Write everyday and learn everything you can about writing. If you're afraid of failure heed the words of Beverly Sills who wrote - "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you're doomed if you don't try."
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Every chapter was a new adventure, a new insight or a wonderful bit of writing! I found this book through Jeff Goins @ [...] and read it on a Sunday afternoon, and there couldn't have been a better use of that time. I'm encouraged, inspired and hopeful. I'm also thrilled we get to follow Shawn and his family as they continue leaving conformity behind and following the path set before them.

Great book and message!!!
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When I was a business owner, I read the Wall Street Journal. It was expensive, but just idea could be worth thousands of dollars, I figured. What I didn't realize until a decade had passed was that I couldn't afford it, even if it was free - the time I spent reading it was the real expense; I'd have made more by working my business.

And I've been reading books about writing since the 1960s, when I first started selling my words. Few of the books were worth the paper they were printed on. This book is an exception.

As one example, I spent 25 years editing as I wrote. It didn't matter much in short form, but eventually I found I was more productive if I wrote at breakneck speed, then went back and rewrote/edited. Shawn, however, explains WHY that works best for long-form writing, in just a few words.

And that's not the only good PRACTICAL advice for writers. Most of them are also things I lucked into after a while. They weren't as valuable to me as the write first before editing advice, but I didn't find a single false note in the book. Not one.

I must reveal that Shawn and I have exchanged tweets, and we've exchanged compliments on each others' writing. I especially recommend Auntie Anne: My Story as being tasty as a soft pretzel, hot from the oven, but I've read several other books Shawn wrote, and they're all page-turners. This book is a fine memoir as well as a good tutorial on freelancing as an occupation. Recommended.
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