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You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) Paperback – September 2, 2014
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About the Author
Jeff Goins is a writer, speaker, and communicator. He believes words can change the world and that brownies are the world’s best breakfast food. He has contributed to various publications and blogs, including Relevant Magazine, Copyblogger, Problogger, and Zen Habits (voted by Time magazine as one of the top 50 websites of 2008). Jeff lives in Nashville with his wife, his son, and his dog. He secured office space to force himself to get out of his pajamas and interact with humans. To connect with Jeff, visit him at any of the following: Email: email@example.com Blog: goinswriter.com Facebook: facebook.com/goinswriter Twitter: twitter.com/jeffgoins
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I read this book on my phone kindle app in a matter of hours. It felt like a personal book written for me, to me, as if Jeff Goins was there having a conversation with me about how to help turn my blog and writer life around, and how to turn it around well. I am definitely going to be telling as many people I know, who write, about this one.
This book is not directly tailored to any type of writer in particular. Which is why it is so easy to tell people about. Anyone who writes anything can get something or learn some things from this book. Goins does not only have a straightforward way of writing, he makes you feel welcome, comfortable and just downright at ease with who you are and where you want to go with your writing. Now I am not at all saying that he tells you how to do everything and that this book is a basic how-to-be-a-writer, it is not. Goins does not spoon feed his intended audience at all, rather, he encourages and gives the advice he would have wanted back when he was at the same stage of his career/life. Goins has thought about the structure off this book with clarity and flow in mind. Not only does he make his way through the stages of a writers career, but he ‘unpacks’ each section into individual parts, gives advice and then he gives his readers a personal example. Throughout each section Goins also gives examples of tools and websites he personally uses and others similar for a range of choices for your own personal taste.
During and certainly after I read this book I took my first steps to turning my writer life around. Starting with making this blog a higher priority in my writing life, Goins has given me a new outlook on getting myself out there and how to go about it.
I write a blog, Facebook pages that inspire a few people, short stories I keep hidden away and books that no one has read.
Yet until I read Jeff's book I was terrified to call myself a writer.
I was closeted, scared of sharing my inner passion with anyone that didn't already love me.
I was scared people would think I was awful.
I was scared the writing community would discount my talent.
I let fear steal my joy for writing.
Then I read Jeff's book and in the first few pages he had me crying.
He got me, he understood the fear, he validated it and he had the information and resources to guide me forward.
Before finishing the first chapter, I started blogging more, dusted off my Twitter page and a few days later I "came out" to my friends and family on Facebook and my blog owning it.
I am out and proud! I am a writer!
I am free!
I may have only had one poem published in my lifetime but I am still a writer.
No one else is writing my blog, no one else is inspiring my few followers on facebook, no one else has had the experiences I have had and no one else can build this business but me.
Jeff gets that.
The second half of the book I will admit, I felt a little deflated.
Jeff pulls no punches, he outlines how tough the writing industry can be, the ups and the downs but even in those moments he encourages you to keep moving forward and to not give up.
This will be hard, this will be tough but how bad do you want it?
Everyone comes to this book from a different place.
If you are looking for a technical book on how to write, you will be disappointed.
If you are looking for a book on how to build your business, the emotional aspect may scare you off or bore you.
But lets face it, writers are lonely, we judge every word we write and second guess ourselves all the time.
There is a HUGE emotional component to writing and Jeff addresses that with unapolgetic compassion and understanding.
So If you are looking for someone to kick your butt, encourage you & give you a foundation to build on, then I believe this book is for you.
We will all become the kind of writer we want to be.
We will find our way in this crazy industry and figure out where we fit.
I may not ever be financially wealthy selling millions of books but my message will get out there because I read this book and I now believe my words have value, my story is needed and someone wants to hear what I have to say.
I AM A WRITER! YES I AM!
Thank you Jeff for having the courage to write this book.
It gave me the courage to write mine.
One star off is because there was some language (very mild and in quotes) but I wasn't expecting it and it always bugs me.
Most of the book was great. While maybe I am already past some of it. It was very encouraging and helpful. I would recommend this for new writers. It has a lot of helpful information.