You Are a Writer is a book written by one of my favorite authors – Jeff Goins. I have been following Jeff on his blog and have read his Manifesto. Writer is written the same way Goins usually writes. The book is compelling, honest, and brutal. There is something about Writer that just kicked me in the teeth.
You Are a Writer – Review
After reading Writer, I am compelled to just write for me. Write just because I love to write.
You have a dream. You want your words to change lives. You want to make a difference. You cannot achieve any of those things if you do not get off the couch and take the first step.
The book explains that you are an artist. Your words are art. However, it is not enough to just create if you do not ship.
You have to get your words out there. You have to risk people talking about your work whether positively or negatively. Fear will cripple you if you let it.
Goins explains that a writer needs three things: A platform, a brand, and channels of connection.
I knew about the platform. In my own ignorance, I neglected the last two.
The book explains especially why you need a brand. The book also gives tips and ideas for how you would go about making your brand. This is how people will know who you are.
The channels of connection is what I have struggled with. I did not know how to get my work out there. The book does well to describe that process too.
This book comes from Goins personal experience with writing, being published, and the struggles that writers go through.
You Are a Writer compels you to write, to build your tribe, to create, to ship, and to learn how to get better at what you do. There is always room for improvement.
This is by far the best book that I have read on writing. I have learned so much, I aim to change some things and hope to accomplish a few writing goals that I have set.
If you are or desire to be a writer, this book needs to be in your library. It is valuable to you whether you write a blog or you are looking to make a career from writing.
Want to learn more: Check out www.youareawriter.com