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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: firstname.lastname@example.org Blog: goinswriter.com Facebook: facebook.com/goinswriter Twitter: twitter.com/jeffgoins
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Top customer reviews
Goins' blog is much better to read than this particular book, but both are helpful and Goins' writing is always consistent and up to a point which is valuable and praiseworthy.
The subject is what the author always preaches, and ,as such, meets the expectations.
I was unprepared for, but pleased with how completely simple and honest Jeff told his own story as a writer. He reveals his own failures, mistakes and frustrations of writing his first articles, starting his first blog and writing his books. His humility made me want to learn more about the wisdom he has gathered through his own school of hard knocks as he has now become a influential blogger and writer in his own right.
This book will be a very helpful tool for those just starting out as writers, like myself, to learn the steps along the way and it will be a great encouragement for established authors who need to refuel their passion for the craft.
He encourages writers who are feeling insecure or fearful, to just `fess up to the truth and call themselves what they are. A writer. To stop writing for accolades, and start writing for passion. To fall back in love with writing. I know I needed that reminder. You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) will cause you to be honest with what you are telling yourself.
Jeff overviews the best ways to make connections that build strong, win-win relationships in social media and in your own back yard. Reminders of treating people with respect, generosity and serving their needs first, head the top of his list. All of these things he does so well throughout this book as he teaches us the step by step process of writing, blogging and building your own platform.
I had my own `aha' moment when Jeff explained, simply, that you don't need to wait for a publisher to pick you. Pick yourself. After all, you are a writer. This was freeing for me to hear, as I have often felt discouraged and fearful with all the `what ifs' that have meandered around in my head as I've thought about publishing. What a relief to learn that I could pick myself!
There are probably a lot of writers out there who would admit to many hours or days of being discouraged, confused, fearful or just plain tired of trying. This book is a shot in the arm for just those moments. It will make you fall back in love with writing.
You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) is one of the tools in my writers toolbox that I'll be pulling out over and over as I rediscover my passion again for what I am. A writer.
Thank you Jeff for this great book. I'm already looking forward to your next one!
You Are A Writer is a quick read and a book that I'll keep handy because he has a lot of good advice in it.
If you want to be a writer, read this book.
I would highly recommend this book for those who are seriously thinking about becoming writers. For those who embrace Jeff's ideas, this will become a go-to book, to be read and re-read often.
Nope, that was weak. It won't cut it.
Before others will believe you, become who you are.
What was that? You say you are a writer? But...
But what? You just don't have the time. You have a
family. You are waiting for the right time. You have written
a number of stories. But were not able to finish them.
Sound familiar? I bet it does. You know why? I have been there
myself. Yep. I had 5-6 unfinished manuscripts. Why? You ask.
Because I was afraid to finish them. Yes, fear is something every
writer must face. And every REAL WRITER must push through.
If you are a REAL WRITER, you must stop waiting and go ahead and
write. Just begin and finish. Once you have completed your first story,
be it a short-story or a full novel, you now have become a REAL WRITER.
And the hard work begins. Oh yes, it is hard. Very hard. That's why I keep
using the words REAL WRITER.
Now then, this book is short and to the point. But it is packed full with tips,
ideas and suggestions, that will get you up off of the couch and writing.
This is a great time to be a writer. There are more avenues of opportunity than
there have ever been. The only thing you have to do is......
Just go and write.
Stop making excuses. Time will not wait for you to decide.
And who knows.......I may be reviewing one of your books one day.