You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

Narrated by: Jeff Goins
Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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Publisher's Summary

Becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write.

In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in charge. This audiobook is about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century. You will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

Here's what else you will learn:

  • How to transition from wanting to be a writer to actually being one
  • What "good" writing is (and isn't)
  • How to stop waiting to be picked and finally choose yourself
  • What it takes to build a platform
  • Why authors need to brand themselves (and how to do it)
  • Tips for freelancing, guest blogging, and getting published in magazines
  • Different ways to network with other writers, artists, and influencers
  • The importance of blogging and social media and how to use it well to find more readers and fans of your writing

You Are a Writer will help you fall back in love with writing and build an audience who shares your love. It's about living the dream of a life dedicated to words. And it all begins with you.

©2012 Jeff Goins (P)2014 Jeff Goins

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Author is someone I'd like to have a beer with

This is a motivational book with much less practical knowledge than I hoped for. Performance is pleasant which more than makes up for lack of meaty content. If you need a little 'you can do it'... This book is for you.

If you want to know what a platform is and how to get noticed, read Art of Start - Guy Kawasaki also because this book isn't very practical in terms of instructions.

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Write for one person

I like the tip of writing for one person as if you're writing the blog post for that one friend who could use the advice or information you're providing. This helps focus on the main points and not be so concerned with explaining why you're writing the blog post. There are also good tips on getting started. The whole point is to write seriously and on a regular basis. Don't dally with grand book ideas. Make a commitment to start delivering writing pieces even if they're bad. You can't improve on them unless you have something to work with.

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Good book for those ready to follow their dream

Considering how jamb packed this book was of info, it was concise. Just about everything written was useful. The author says make every word count and he shows what he means by using this book as an example.

I will listen over and over as a means of keeping myself focused on the good stuff that'll get me where I want to go. I need a "coach" because I find myself going down rabbit holes often. This book was exactly what I needed, very straightforward advice, some I know, but needed to hear.

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Good Practical Info. and inspiration.

I enjoyed this book and it has helped get some good perspective about my career as a writer. I think the thing I most took away from it was to just write, every day, and get it in front of people without worrying about it being perfect! Every article or blog post doesn't have to be something akin to Tolstoy or Shakespeare and we need to stop being perfectionists. Thanks Jeff. I needed to be reminded of that.

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Not for novelists; annoyingly "cute"

Overly generalized and very basic advice for writers of short form non-fiction (i.e., bloggers, article writers, etc.) As a fiction writer I found none of this advice to be applicable to me nor useful, even in a general sense. If you want to become a blogger this might be useful for you, otherwise, I recommend you look elsewhere.

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Thought this was about how to make myself write...

I was under the impression from the summary that this was a book with strategies on how to discipline myself to get in the seat and start writing everyday. Maybe that's just what I wanted to hear when I was reading the summary, bcuz that's what I really want to find but can't seem to yet. If you are looking for vague lessons on how to become a magazine writer or bloggiest, or how to build relationships in the publishing world, this is your book. Emphasis on the keyword "vague" as there is no real concrete step by step here, simply a "what" to do rather than a "how" to do. If that's what your looking for, you found it. I'm not going to give any praise nor criticism to this book per say, as I skimmed through the second half of it at 3x speed once I realized it wasn't at all what I was looking for but not wanting the 6 o 7 bucks I spent on it to be a total waste(obviously DON'T waste a credit on this one.) Hope that helped some of you decide to buy this book or not...

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If you've ever considered writing, read this book!

This is a great book. Well written with a lot of helpful information. Jeff's writing style makes it seem like your talking with a friend over coffee.

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Great book on writing and how to actually write!

I really enjoyed this book. It gave me new ideas and new approaches on how to get off my lazy ass and write. Thanks Jeff.

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You Are a Writer

Short, sweet, and to the point! Great content in this little book. Makes for a great evening read! Lots and lots of wonderful advice and information from one of my favorite Authors! Read it, you won't regret it!

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Wow. Loved it.

I loved the casual conversation. Great stories. Very instructional and highly practical. Great lessons from both a professional view and a personal view. I will be reading it again and again. Thanks Jeff.

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  • jenny sanders
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good

all good! might just get me writing again. all the advice is sound and comes from hands on learning (and overcoming procrastination) very useful examples of pitching, good on the business side. a small gem.

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  • Thyda McPartland
  • 10-03-18

Great story

I love his books. He reads really well and I do love the way he tells it in a way that is very interesting to listen to. I have listened to this book twice now. Loved it very much! Thanks Jeff.