Jeff Goins’ ebook, You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) [Amazon Affiliate Link] is written especially for people who don’t necessarily have the courage to call themselves writers. Written from Jeff’s own genuine perspective, you will follow along to his own epiphany: “I am a writer.”
So much of this resonated with me and I wondered how many more of us are out there. Having the desire to be known as a writer, but feeling afraid to own that title. You Are a Writer will inspire you to fight against that fear and just own it. In his own words, “… this is your official wake-up call: It’s time to stop waiting to be asked and start creating.” It is not a ‘kick in the pants’ but more like a friend standing with a mirror in front of you helping you see the writer in yourself.
What makes this book so solid is that he follows up his wake-up call with concrete steps to create a platform to speak from with a well-defined voice. Jeff uses his own journey as examples of how it all works. He speaks with the authority of having lived it and making it work.
The writing is easy and I seriously could not put it down once I started reading it. The book does not list a bunch of lofty concepts and academic ideas. The steps are practical and Jeff demonstrates each phase of growing as a writer by telling his own story. The book feels more like a mentor rather than a handbook because Jeff speaks from his own trial and error.
He mentions Steve Pressfield and the War of Art a few times and I instantly recognized the connection between Resistance and the fear to call oneself a writer. To me this connection with War of Art made total sense. When I read War of Art, I was motivated to start writing on a regular basis and dove into the idea of Resistance. Jeff Goins’ book reinforces the idea of “do the work” and goes to a more personal level to encourage “creating habits and building momentum.” His reassuring style is friendly as he pulls back the curtain and talks honestly about being a writer. He simply tells you from his own experience: “You’ll find yourself getting more comfortable with your voice. So will others. As these two intersect, you’ll discover your message.”
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with calling themselves a writer. The encouragement and heartfelt passion for writing makes “You Are a Writer” the kind of book that will be read again and again to gather up the courage to say, “I am a writer.”