Sunday, July 1, 2012

You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) (Jeff Goins)

You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)
Jeff Goins
Jeff Goins, publisher
Nonfiction, Writing
**** (Good)

DESCRIPTION: Wannabe... going to be... would like to be... Enough. You either are or are not a writer. The only way to actually be a writer is to write - not to hide behind safety words and other qualifiers. Those are just delaying tactics, the voice of fear. And you can't be afraid if you want to write.
The author knows this from first-hand experience. He, too, has been there and done that... only he broke through. Learn how he did it, how he went from being a struggling "wannabe" to an actual paid and published writer with a large (and growing) readership.
A Kindle-exclusive title.

REVIEW: A worthy addition to my ever-growing library of writing instruction books, this mixes the tried-and-true "just write already" advice with more modern and specific methods for actually building a writing career. Goins advocates the use of networking and social media to build a platform to present one's work, outlining how he successfully used such methods to go from being a beggar to a chooser in the publishing world. Some of his advice seems tailored more for nonfiction and article writers, but overall it seems sound enough, backed up by his personal triumphs (and occasional failures.) A good, inspiring read.

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