“For every hundred words I write, I spend about thirty to sixty minutes of editing and rewriting.” Jeff Goins
In Jeff Goins’ book titled You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One), Goins shares his secret sauce on becoming a writer. And this message never seems to get old (for me):
- Believe: You have to believe in yourself. Say you are a writer. And get started. Do it every day. Build the discipline and mental muscle.
- Follow your Passion: Don’t pander to your audience. Find your voice. The audience will follow. “The more I love what I do, the more others do, too.”
- Writing is hard work. “It’s harder than you think.” “You better love it. (Otherwise, quit now.)”
- Build Relationships: “It’s more about who you know than what you know.” Build a community of followers (via blogging). You have more channels to do so today than at any time in history. Network. Build relationships with publishers.
Jeff Goins is an author, blogger, and speaker. In 2011, his blog, goinswriter.com, was voted as one of the “Top 10 Blogs on Writing” and his writing has been featured on some of the most popular blogs including Copyblogger, Problogger and Zen Habits.
My book summary:
- You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) is a cheap date. $3.99 on Kindle.
- It is a quick read. (Lightening fast.)
- Authors who are self-effacing and humble appeal to me. Add a personal Horatio Alger story and speak in a conversational tone, I’m a buyer. I’m a buyer here.
- Be Warned. If you are looking for this book to share some magic on “how-to” write well enough to get published, you won’t find it in this book. This is more of a get-off-your-can-and-get-going book than a step by step guide. And he pulls it off. I was inspired by his enthusiasm and determination.
- DK Rating: 5-Star * * * * *
I read John Childress’ blog post last week to learn that he had recently published two books. This is two more books to add to his growing collection. (And two more than I’ll ever write. Look at this! I can’t even follow Goins’ advice to believe in myself.) Here I agonize and stumble around on a 300 word blog post. And John bangs out not one, but two books. Maybe John can give us the back story on how long it took and share his secret sauce. (John, we promise we won’t tell anyone.)
The world, it seems, is full of people like this (who hate their job). Closet artists and aspiring authors, people longing to do meaningful work that inspires. There’s just one problem: They’re not doing it. – Jeff Goins