Becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write.
In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in charge. This audiobook is about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century. You will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.
Here's what else you will learn:
You Are a Writer will help you fall back in love with writing and build an audience who shares your love. It's about living the dream of a life dedicated to words. And it all begins with you.
©2012 Jeff Goins (P)2014 Jeff Goins
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"Author is someone I'd like to have a beer with"
This is a motivational book with much less practical knowledge than I hoped for. Performance is pleasant which more than makes up for lack of meaty content. If you need a little 'you can do it'... This book is for you.
If you want to know what a platform is and how to get noticed, read Art of Start - Guy Kawasaki also because this book isn't very practical in terms of instructions.
"Write for one person"
I like the tip of writing for one person as if you're writing the blog post for that one friend who could use the advice or information you're providing. This helps focus on the main points and not be so concerned with explaining why you're writing the blog post. There are also good tips on getting started. The whole point is to write seriously and on a regular basis. Don't dally with grand book ideas. Make a commitment to start delivering writing pieces even if they're bad. You can't improve on them unless you have something to work with.
"Good Practical Info. and inspiration."
I enjoyed this book and it has helped get some good perspective about my career as a writer. I think the thing I most took away from it was to just write, every day, and get it in front of people without worrying about it being perfect! Every article or blog post doesn't have to be something akin to Tolstoy or Shakespeare and we need to stop being perfectionists. Thanks Jeff. I needed to be reminded of that.
I learned a lot of new things about how to become a "real" writer. Great insight into the world of professional writing, and great motivation. Thank you!
"Great book on writing and how to actually write!"
I really enjoyed this book. It gave me new ideas and new approaches on how to get off my lazy ass and write. Thanks Jeff.
"Good book for those ready to follow their dream"
Considering how jamb packed this book was of info, it was concise. Just about everything written was useful. The author says make every word count and he shows what he means by using this book as an example.
I will listen over and over as a means of keeping myself focused on the good stuff that'll get me where I want to go. I need a "coach" because I find myself going down rabbit holes often. This book was exactly what I needed, very straightforward advice, some I know, but needed to hear.
"Wow. Loved it."
I loved the casual conversation. Great stories. Very instructional and highly practical. Great lessons from both a professional view and a personal view. I will be reading it again and again. Thanks Jeff.
love the audiobook! it has concepts very timely nowadays not just for writers but for everybody wo has gifts ought to be shared to others.... thanks so much Jeff!
"A Must Read and Read Again!"
Jeff wrote a book that inspired me to expose my writing through social media.
When I listened the first time through I started a blog the next day. I increased my social media presence from none to thousands of followers.
He writes about the fact that if you put in the work things will begin to happen. Six month later an essay of mine was published, my blog was spotlighted, I was interviewed and as of today an essay is being released on a podcast.
I reread it again and just got hired as a consultant for a startup tech company all due to his step by step approach.
It appeals to beginners and seasoned closet writers who are afraid of the next step or do not know in the current market what that is.
I like that he discusses each of the steps in a concise manner. You think as you listen, "I can do that."
Thanks Jeff for the work you put in to help those not as far down the path by lending a hand at just the right time each time I listen to your words.
Headed for my third listen now!
"Thought this was about how to make myself write..."
I was under the impression from the summary that this was a book with strategies on how to discipline myself to get in the seat and start writing everyday. Maybe that's just what I wanted to hear when I was reading the summary, bcuz that's what I really want to find but can't seem to yet. If you are looking for vague lessons on how to become a magazine writer or bloggiest, or how to build relationships in the publishing world, this is your book. Emphasis on the keyword "vague" as there is no real concrete step by step here, simply a "what" to do rather than a "how" to do. If that's what your looking for, you found it. I'm not going to give any praise nor criticism to this book per say, as I skimmed through the second half of it at 3x speed once I realized it wasn't at all what I was looking for but not wanting the 6 o 7 bucks I spent on it to be a total waste(obviously DON'T waste a credit on this one.) Hope that helped some of you decide to buy this book or not...
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