Jeff Goins, popular writing blogger, gave me some great news. He said, “You are a writer.” Truthfully, that’s the title of his new ebook, but it really is his message. If you want to be a writer, you can become one simply by writing. I wholeheartedly subscribe to his philosophy: there are no rules about giving yourself a title. Write something, then change your job title on Facebook to “Writer”. Now write more things. You are a writer. This applies to everything you do (hence the title of this post: “I do, therefore I am”), not only writing. Think about who you want to be, then become that person.
Have you ever regretted not starting something soon enough? I have and so has Jeff Goins. In You are a Writer, he shares the truth about his writing career: he waited for permission. He waited to be picked. It was only later that he realized he could have accomplished more if he had called himself a writer and started shipping instead of waiting.
I have read many blog posts and listened to podcasts and webinars that are inspiring, but vague. Jeff kicks off You are a Writer with a strong dose of inspiration, then goes on to explain, in detail, how you can begin to build your career as a writer. He says every writer needs three tools:
1. A platform
2. A brand
3. Channels of connection
Jeff is a popular blogger and does recommend blogging, but it’s just one of many platforms he explores in You are a Writer. His message to you is start something so you can build your platform, focus your brand and meet the people who will help you succeed. Once again, his lessons are written for writers, but apply to everyone.
This book is your own personal vote of confidence from Jeff Goins. It’s also an instructional manual designed to help you start your career as a writer. I highly recommend you read it as soon as possible. In the meantime, why don’t you go write something?