Hi everyone! I am a writer. Odds are, since you are reading this post, that you are a writer too. Say it to yourself. Write the words down and slap it up on your desk or monitor where you will see it. Why am I opening this way? Well, over the last week I read Jeff Goins You Are A Writer and I’m taking the challenge, at least the parts that apply to fiction writers.
Today I’ll have a brief review of Jeff’s book and then my update.
Review of You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins.
Sure, there is more to it than that, but the writing, the reason why we pursue all of the other things has to have precedence and priority over ALL of those other things. As a matter of fact, as Jeff points out in his book, if we concentrate on the writing the others things have a tendency to fall in place over time. Nothing is fast, but persistence will win out.
As writers, we tend to be a sensitive lot. We worry and obsess over the minutia. We feel criticism sink in to our marrow and steal our strength. We see an open path and then hesitate while we examine the paving stones that form it and the clouds drifting with ominous intent overhead – just to be sure that it is really safe.
In a phrase: We are, by our very natures, our own greatest obstacle.
It isn’t about social media. It isn’t about someone else having a legacy advantage or a better deal. A lucky break. It’s about handling our own fears and being slowed or stopped by them.
Look at every major writer currently on the market. They make mistakes and suffer failures but they never let that stop them from making the next move, from continuing to strive forward, from getting right back in the game and trying again. They don’t hesitate. Neither should we.
This is my assessment, my playback of a few of the lessons I took from Jeff Goins book. There is a ton more, things on freelancing, building a platform, finding your voice, and more. All packed into a twenty-something thousand word novella that has more power than the great epics. I read it in a day. Then read it again. Of all the writing books I’ve bought in the past year, this one is the most useful as far as career motivation and planning is concerned.
You really should read this book if you haven’t already. Jeff Goins: You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One). And no, this isn’t an affiliate link – this link is here because I truly believe in the power of this book and want to share it with all of you.
And now my ROW update.
-Write 7k of fiction per week. I wrote around 4k this week, with Beth’s graduation and the sundry things that surrounded it my time was a bit overwhelmed. But I did write every day and that is what matters the most. One day I’ll pull apart what my “actual daily writing goal” looks like – flexibility is built fully into it and I never stress over word count. Ever. On the project end, plotting continues along for the paranormal sci-fi novella series and I’ll be adding a progress meter or something to the blog in the near future.
-Read a “bunch of books”. Above is the review of one of the ones I listed last week. I’ll set a date for the whole grouping next Sunday. School is officially over here on Monday so I’ll finally be able to start catching up.
-Two upcoming additions to my goals that are not “officially” listed yet.
- I’ll be taking Candace Haven’s FastDraft class in July along with Jenny Hansen, Jess Witkins and a few others. This goal will become official in Round 3. I’d love to have other ROWers join us – the more, the merrier the
insanityfun! Jen Hansen is putting together a group for this – tweet her @jhansenwrites if you have an interest, I’m sure she’d love to have you.
- I’ll be taking Holly Lisle’s How To Write A Series class starting in the next couple of weeks (there isn’t a set starting time). This goal will carry over into Round 3 and once I start it I’ll set it as an official ROW goal.
-Visit 15 or more fellow ROWers each Sunday checkin. Yep, seventeen last week and as always I will endeavor to visit as many as I can between today and tomorrow morning. Remember: You are a writer. Support each other on this magnificent voyage of discovery.