- 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: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,069 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Building a Life Out of Words Kindle Edition
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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!
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.”
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."
Great book and message!!!
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.
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 6 months ago by Mardi J Smyth
Inspirational. Makes you feel like almost anyone could do the same thing.Published 15 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 21 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 22 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 23 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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