||Book Review - You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins
Thomas Admin Duff
It used to be that to become a writer,
you had to hope that you could convince the gatekeepers to let you pass.
Publishers held all the cards, and your only option was to play the game
their way (or not play at all).
Those days are gone...
Jeff Goins is a great example of someone
who has figured out the new rules and freedoms that exist when it comes
to being a writer. He shares his insights as well as dishing out
plenty of encouragement in his new e-book You
Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One).
What I found is that I'm much closer to "being a writer"
than I give myself credit for. In fact, I *am* a writer... I just
need to decide where I want to take it from here.
Writers Are Born, Not Made
The Truth About Writing
Building a Platform
Establishing a Brand
Channels of Connection
Before Your First Book
About the Author
Share this Book
Being a writer comes down to making
a choice... a choice to BE a writer... to write. There is nothing
to prevent you from putting your words out there for others to read. Goins
acknowledges that it isn't necessarily easy to commit to writing (as opposed
to just thinking about writing). But with all the online tools available
(blogs, e-books, newsletters, etc.), there's no reason that your writing
has to remain in your head or be limited to actual paper and ink.
Beyond the encouragement aspect of the
material, Goins has solid information on how to put down a foundation on
which to base your efforts. Building a platform (get experience,
demonstrate competence, generate buzz) establishes you as someone worth
listening to and following. Branding yourself is also critical in
today's over-saturated media environment. Take the time to figure
out what you want to portray to others, as that will be what people will
think of when they turn to you. Finally, you need to figure out how
you'll communicate and connect with your audience. While it's easier
than ever to make connections via Twitter, Facebook, and other online tools,
it's also critically important to not neglect those channels once you set
them up. It's a privilege to have people listen to you. If
you don't reciprocate that listening, your audience won't stay around very
You Are A Writer is a book that won't
take you very long to read, but it will stay with you forever if you let
the message change the way you think about who and what you are. You
*are* a writer if you choose to be...
Obtained From: Author
Apr 28, 2012
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