In the last year or so I’ve become more aware of the work of Jeff Goins. He is a writer, successful blogger and soon-to-be published author. I published a two-part interview of him for this site earlier in the year and I recently wrote a guest post for his site.
I don’t often review others’ work, but Jeff is a compelling, challenging writer and it’s no understatement to say his work could be life-changing for you. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a writer, wait and give this review a read – then go and get this book.
Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
Jeff Goins is a writer.
In his new e-book, he makes clear you can be one too.
In this relatively short but powerful e-book, he calls us out to embrace who we can be – to stop dreaming of being writers, stop waiting to be picked and to start calling ourselves writers – and teaches us how to be writers.
Jeff subtly takes the reader out of their comfort zone, and once out, he never lets them go back. As the book progresses he invites the reader, as all good writers do, to join him on a journey – a journey to discover their inner writer.
He gives excellent, simple and practical advice for all those who desire to become writers, sharing the ups and downs of his own journey from struggling writer desperate to be picked, to the gatekeeper who gets book contracts and article invitations sent to them, and on the verge of publishing his first book.
According to Jeff, this isn’t an experience that has to be unique to him. He believes that it’s something all of us can achieve – if we’re willing to do the groundwork.
Many books giving aspiring people advice and guidance can be very visionary without any practical guidance – and others are all practical, without any hint of the bigger picture. Jeff somehow finds the balance between these. He gives the reader a glimpse of what it possible – but always balances it with an explanation of the harsh realities of what it is to be an emerging writer, and above all with simple but practical guidance of how to get there.
As a writer myself, it was a big challenge and inspiration to me. At times when reading Jeff’s success story I found myself frustrated at how simple he made it sound. However, hearing about his struggles, and how hard he had to work to achieve what he has done, combined with the practical advice on how to make that possible, was reassured and given a healthier, more positive perspective.
Jeff never hides that it will take hard work, perseverance and above all courage to achieve success as a writer – but he offers encouragement that if one puts in the work, if they dedicate themselves, and above all choose themselves, that success can be gained.
The phrases and concepts which stand out, which must be remembered above all are these:
First, that all writiers must have courage in bucketloads – courage to build relationships, to deal with failure and rejection (which he says are inevitable), to put your work out there and take risks.
Second, he instructs the reader to stop and simply choose themselves. To begin with, no one else is going to.
But the biggest challenge of all is that we must begin to call ourselves writers. Before we do anything else, we must call ourselves a writer.
The title of the book says it all. It doesn’t say you might a writer, or you’re a potential writer.
It says you are a writer.
This is the heart of what is an inspiring, challenging e-book, one that I think will become a must for anyone wanting to develop as a writer. No matter how far I go in writing, I am confident it is a book I will return to again and again.
You are a writer – and after reading this e-book, you might well believe it.
Now I know I’m a writer – and I’m going to start acting like one.
James Prescott is a writer & creative exploring social media, gender issues & the divinely messy journey of life. He blogs regularly at James Prescott.co.uk & is a regular guest blogger at bigbible.org.uk and other sites. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
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