eBook review: “You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like one)” by Jeff Goins.

by Todd Foley

Truth is beautiful. Sometimes, it’s brutal.

“Writing is hard — real hard. It’s work. Somehow, you never talk about that in your college composition class.” – Jeff Goins

The more I write, the more I realize this harsh truth, and the more I [falsely] believe I’m alone in this struggle.

Thank God for people like Jeff Goins.

I had the great privilege of getting an early read of You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)the writing guru’s latest eBook. Jeff has quickly become one of my favorite bloggers and my unofficial writing mentor – not only to me, but to thousands of others.

The eBook acts as a conglomeration of the work found on Jeff’s blog and the pages are filled with honesty, conviction, challenges and encouragement. Personal anecdotes normalize the struggles of every writer.

More than anything, this eBook will bring you back to the foundation of writing from a place of passion.

I’ve only been sharing my writing with the cyber world for a few months and already know of the emotional exhaustion that comes from writing for stats and views. I want to stop, to give up, to do something more “worthwhile.” Then I remember that I’ve been doing it wrong.

Jeff says it best:

“For five years, I wrote a blog nobody read. I measured my traffic and did everything I could to maximize my reach. All the while, my heart slowly died, and I grew bitter. I watched other writers succeed in ways I hadn’t, and I envied them. Eventually, I grew to resent them. Why? Because I wasn’t doing what I wanted. I was writing, but I wasn’t enjoying the process. I was only chasing results. So what did I do? I went back to the basics: writing for the love of it. Not profit or prestige. Nor analytics or metrics. Just for writing for the sake of writing. As a result, something amazing happened: I started to have fun. And the quality of my work dramatically increased. I finally felt free to do what I loved.”

This is only a small snippet of the simple but profound content waiting to read in You Are a Writer, and it’s just the start of a very long journey.

The eBook could have been split into two volumes – the philosophy of writing and the art of marketing – but still serves as a one-stop shop for questions of any nature.

In a nutshell: Do what you love, commit to the hard work that’s required, and amazing things will happen.

My advice: Don’t settle for this nutshell.

Buy the book. Get inspired. Follow through.