Thursday, April 26, 2012

My Review of Jeff Goins' New eBook YOU ARE A WRITER

For some people, writing is a dream, something to be chased sometime in the future. For others, it’s a passion that must be pursued because the words and the ideas are like a pounding force trapped inside a box, desperate to get out. Writer Jeff Goins has become known as one who both pursues his passion for writing and one who cares deeply about helping others who have this calling inside them to pursue it also.

Each week, Goins contributes to his blog an impressive array of advice on how to be the best writer you can be. Generosity is a common theme in his writings, and it’s something he lives out by investing in the careers of others. But no advice he gives is as important as the advice he puts forward and expounds upon in his new eBook YOU ARE A WRITER.

For Goins, it seems pretty obvious that if you want to be a writer then you actually need to sit down and write. In the words of another writer Steven Pressfield, you must “do the work.” But Goins equally realizes that writers face inner opposition all the time. They need something to drive them, encouragement to keep going, and practical steps to take toward success. YOU ARE A WRITER is the perfect place to find those. Goins’ writing journey has been going on for a long time, but it’s only in the last year that things really started taking off for him, and he graciously shares that journey with us and what he learned along the way.

Never one to blush away from the incredible difficulty that being a writer can be sometimes be, Goins stays in the realm of the positive to give writers steps that will work for them if they’re willing to put in the work. Covering three crucial elements of building a platform, establishing a brand, and creating channels of connection, YOU ARE A WRITER shows writers how to get their writing before the viewing eyes of others and creating a following. Writers often have very profound and important things to say that will affect many, and Goins shows them how to get their ideas out there and embraced by the people who share areas of commonality with them.

A really helpful element to the book near the end is the concept that before writing a book, writers should write for magazines and gets practice and build relationships there. And of course, he walks writers through the journey of how to do it.

YOU ARE A WRITER is a phenomenal resource for writers who are just starting out or who need an extra dose of motivation to keep going. Check out for more information about Jeff Goins and his new eBook.

I received this book for free for review from the author, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own

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