You Are A Writer!
“You Are A Writer” by Jeff Goins took me two days to read through and get helpful insight into my own struggle with calling myself a writer. Goins insight thoughts on what the writing process is, and what it entails opened my eyes up the possibilities out there for me. I love that he uses relationship to build up your writing; he calls them “three must have relationships”. Which are: Fans, Friends, and Patrons.
In my own journey with Vasculitis I have learned the value of relationship with family, friends, doctors, nurses, and other suffers of a chronic illness. When I read this section of his book I said a deep resonating AMEN to his commentary about how important it is to communicate and collaborate with others in order to accomplish anything. I say anything, but he was speaking about writing. From my own experience it includes every single aspect of one’s life. I have heard often that the writer’s life is a solitary practice. Is it in reality? I don’t believe it is, simply because even writers needs readers, editors, publishers, and marketers in order to get their words out to the world.
This book is a great resource book for writers in the world who have blogs, who use social media, and who have issues with making daily writing a habitual practice. If you want it, you will work for it.
Another aspect that Goins touched on was writing for you, not worrying about an audience. I found a great youtube video of his explaining exactly what he means by that. When I started my blog, the only audience I had in mind was my family and friends to catch up with me on my journey. Now I see that I get a lot of traffic from those who read my blog. I don’t have 500 friends who are that interested in my life to read about it. I like to share my experience with living with a chronic disease that is debilitating and erratic in how it attacks my body. I am struggling with weight, choosing an eating plan that fits me. I am interested in a lot of different aspects. I also wanted to share recipes that I am finding that are yummy and don’t taste like crap. When I eat, I want it to engage all my senses and I mean all of them. I am getting off topic here, what I like is he is writing with no audience in mind. I know that in a few of my writing classes they always say write for the audience, focus on the audience. It gave me a huge headache and made me want to shove pencils in my eyeballs. What I like about writing is that I am free to write whatever I want to. I can talk about anything, I am free to type out whatever I want to and then I have that same freedom to delete them too.
I suggest anyone who likes to write or who wants to engage in any creative pursuit read this book. I got the e-book version when it was free on Amazon. Unfortunately, it isn’t free any longer, but it is well worth the investment in time and money.