“Stop Waiting to be Asked and Start Creating,” says Jeff Goins, author of “You are a Writer: Start Acting Like One

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This week I read the e-book “You are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)” by Jeff Goins. Jeff has an ability to break down into simple (though not easy) steps how to be a writer.

Jeff guides you to become who you are – a writer – by giving concrete, doable, tried-and-true advice on . . .

  • How to choose words that affirm your talent,
  • How to find and write according to your voice, and
  • How to build a platform, brand, and channels of connection.

And finally, Jeff shows you how to get published. Yes, he does.

Two things in this book made an impact on me.

  1. Write for yourself. Jeff encourages every writer to find his/her own voice because the world needs to hear what each one has to say. Stop waiting to be picked and start writing.
  2. Stop wasting creative energy on frivolous things. I can either use my energy to create or react. Reacting is when I over-engage in social media. Creating is when I take purposeful steps to write until finished.

Stop being paralyzed and stop playing it safe. Do the actions suggested in this book. Be persistent. If you do these things, you will get better at writing and marketing. You will get noticed. Your words will make a difference.

After all, you are a writer. Your audience needs to hear what you have to write. There is enough room for all of us writers to succeed. So go ahead and write already!

Go to Jeff’s website, GoinsWriter.com, to learn more about the craft of writing. Other places you can find Jeff: Twitter • Facebook • You Tube.

As soon as Jeff’s book is for sale, I will link the title of the book to the book site.

Your Turn . . . I’ve often read we should write for others. However, Jeff says we should write for ourselves. How do you write? Why?

Other Reviews of this E-Book . . . So you can get a fuller picture of how helpful this book really is!

NOTE: I was one of 100 bloggers who received an advance copy of Jeff’s book on writing. I was not paid to write this review. And all opinions are my own.

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  • 1. lynette  |  . at .

    Will check out his website. How does one know if they are a writer? i like to think I am but that could be just hopefull thinking or a daydream. Interestingly enough you mentioned this post in today’s fff’s. I signed up with Penzu, a online writing journal (private) and went Pro this week ($19 a year). I’ve set up several journals so far.


  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    Lynette, You are a writer. It is not wishful thinking or a daydream. You are a writer when YOU say you are. So say so now. It probably will feel awkward saying so – at first. (It is for me.)


  • 3. reflectionsinapuddle  |  . at .

    I followed him for a while. He’s got a lot of good advice, but sometimes he gets preachy.


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      I’ve noticed that passionate people can get that way. I’ve been said to be preachy too. 😉


    • 5. reflectionsinapuddle  |  . at .

      Sometimes preachy and passionate are just mild terms for overbearing and opinionated:-) I don’t get that vibe from your blog.


  • 6. Angela Tague  |  . at .

    Excellent, motivational tips! Thank you! ~Angela, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Angela-Tague-Journalist-Writer/121086417974932


    • 7. susan2009  |  . at .

      I appreciate your visit here, Angela.

      Good luck with your own writing career. It looks like you are quite busy with it. Awesome!


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