You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins

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I was privileged to have the opportunity to receive an early copy of Jeff Goins latest eBook, You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One). Much like his blog, You Are a Writer is full of practical advice and personal experiences that encourage the reader to think about their own actions while pursuing – or considering pursuing – their dream. It holds great information about platforms, brands, and much more.

For those who have gone through the Intentional Blogging course, this book covers some of the same material. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having repeat lessons. Especially for me since it seems to take me hearing something every day for at least three months before it clicks (you can ask my boss about that one). But it also goes further into other areas, as well, so it isn’t merely the same information and nothing else.

A point to You Are a Writer that really struck a chord with me was that failure does not equate the end. Along with the great advice, I’m taking away from this book some key points that I plan to hold to.

My voice isn’t yet perfected and I have a long way to go before I’ll know exactly where I’m headed. I have more mistakes to make and more mountains to climb. I may write ten more books before one goes further than my family and friends. But I’m a writer.

While the book is geared toward writers, anyone with a dream or a goal will benefit from its message. It’s a quick and easy read, but definitely a book that can and should be returned to time and again. I highly recommend not just this book, but also Jeff Goins’ blog, Goins Writer. And if you haven’t read it, you shoud check out Jeff’s The Writer’s Manifesto.

Don’t forget to check out the website for You Are a Writer!

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A Fire in the Bones – guest post by Mike Dellosso

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I’m honored to have the priviledge to host a guest post by Mike Dellosso, author of Scream, The Hunted, Darlington Woods, Darkness Follows, and his newest release, Frantic, which is now available!

One of my favorite people in the Bible is Jeremiah. This guy was called by God as a young man to preach, promised God would be with him, would give him the words to speak. All he had to do was be a mouthpiece. If you know Jeremiah’s story you know things didn’t work out so easily for him. Everywhere he went he was rejected. He preached for years with not a single convert. He was thrown out of towns, laughed at, mocked, ridiculed, tormented. The poor guy even admitted he was a household joke.

And finally, he was discouraged . . . in a bad way.

So discouraged, in fact, that he accused God of tricking him, of forcing him into preaching. He said, “You are stronger than I am and overpowered me.” Jeremiah even contemplated giving up, handing in his name badge and giving God his one-minute notice. His desire was to never speak of God again, to never even speak His name. It had only brought him trouble.

But he couldn’t. No matter how badly he wanted to run from the mockery and rejection he simply couldn’t. In his own words:

But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it! (Jer. 20:9, NLT)

I talk to a lot of discouraged writers and I ask them all the same question: Why do you write?

Many of them give me the same answer: Because I can’t NOT write. They’ve tried. Rejection has come in waves, knocking them down each time they try to get their footing. They’ve written stories, submitted them everywhere imaginable, only to face more rejection and discouragement. They’ve promised themselves they would write no more, turn in their keyboard, burn their tablets, get rid of every pen in their home.

But they couldn’t. Why?

Because the story in them was put there by God. The desire to write is His desire for them. He kindled that fire in their bones and though it may flicker and fade it never burns out.

If you’re one of those writers, here’s my advice. Keep writing. You were called to write. But understand, you may not be called to be published or read in the way you think. God may have other plans for you. Be open to that. And really, if your writing never makes it past your family and friends but you are a blessing to them, isn’t that enough? Aren’t you still being used by God to minister through writing?

Ask yourself this: If I work for a year on a story that only one person reads but it changes that one person’s life, was it worth it? Think carefully about your answer, it reveals everything about your motivation.

Mike Dellosso is the author of 5 novels of suspense. His latest, Frantic, just released February 7 and is already getting great reviews. Mike lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and four daughters. He blogs regularly about matters of faith and life at www.mikedellosso.wordpress.com. Keep up to date with what’s going on in his world by “liking” his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mikedellosso.

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