Recently, I received a review copy of You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins. I must say, this is a terrific book. He is honest and forthright about what it takes to be a professional writer. He focuses on not only how to get there, but the mindset necessary to make it happen.
Being a writer is about first of all accepting and believing that you ARE in fact a writer. You have to believe it before anyone else will. He says that you should write for love, not for money. You should write what you are passionate about. Then, it doesn’t become drudgery. You have to push through your doubts and down times and just keep writing.
As for getting professional, paying jobs, he discusses how to do that as well. The focus there is on helping others rather than trying to convince people of how great you are. As you take the time to focus on other people and their needs, they will be more likely to listen to you and hire you. He is very up front about how hard it is to go pro in writing. It takes time and discipline. There are no short cuts.
He gives practical ways to build your brand and your platform, including starting a blog, and other ways of simply reaching out. It’s great to be writing, but it matters little if no one knows your work exists. Jeff Goins gives ways of ‘practicing in public’ so that you can make connections with fans, fellow writers, and future patrons of your work.
One of the things that I like the most about his book and why I follow his blog is that he is encouraging. He’s honest about the ups and downs of writing professionally, yet he also makes you feel like he’s on your team. He wants you to succeed as badly as you do–maybe more!
I recommend this book. Jeff will have You Are a Writer available on Amazon kindle soon, sometime after April 27. His prices are very affordable (well under $10). Check it out. 🙂
- The Writer’s Manifesto: Stop Writing to Be Read and Adored http://goinswriter.com/writers-manifesto/