Jeff Goins has earned a place in my Google Reader. He’s consistently putting out good material on writing. In particular, he’s really good at busting through the some of the excuses we make for not writing.
You know the deal: there are lots of us who want to write, but never get around to actually writing. The excuses are endless, but the result is the same. We going to become a writer one day, but that day is always in the future.
Goins has been there. He’s been the guy who wants to write. He’s been the guy who blogs in obscurity. He’s been the freelancer who’s been ignored by publishers. More recently, his blog has taken off, and he’s now approached by publishers. He’s got a book, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life, coming out later this year.
That’s why Goins is the guy to write the book You Are a Writer. The book explodes our excuses for not writing. It encourages us to write for the love of writing, to realize that “writing is mostly a mind game.” It gives practical advice on building a platform, establishing a brand, opening channels of communication, and writing a book.
According to Goins, the act of writing comes out of your identity as a writer. You don’t become a writer; you declare yourself one and live out of that identity.
This is a quick read. If you read a lot of Seth Godin or Steven Pressfield, then what Goins writes will be familiar. But if you want to write and you’re stuck, then this book may be just what you need.
Gordon MacDonald once wrote about the sadness of a book never read. There’s also some sadness in a book, article, or post never written. You Are a Writer may help you get past the sadness of only intending to write, and get you actually writing.