Vanquish Your Writing Doubts & Obstacles
Writing is a vulnerable occupation; it is both personal and intimate. The act of writing, cycles of revision, and the confusing publishing industry can shatter a writer's confidence, leaving you feeling like an imposter, overcome with rejection. Survival--and success--requires commitment, honesty, courage, resilience, sacrifice, and miles and miles of heart.
You have everything you need as a writer--it lies within, in the form of consistency and self-confidence. With Write Smart, Write Happy, best-selling author Cheryl St. John will help you unlock your skills, guiding you to overcome every hesitation, obstacle, form of writer's block, and procrastination habit you have. Within these pages, you'll learn to:
- Organize your writing life by using a planner, scheduling your yearly goals, and acknowledging career plans.
- Sharpen your saw by recharging your creativity, developing positive motivation, and creating healthy writing habits.
- Affirm your beliefs by overcoming self-doubt, learning to use affirmations, and altering your thinking.
- Conquer remaining fears by releasing tendencies towards perfectionism and establishing strategies for habitual success.
Written with a no-nonsense attitude, St. John's "advice from the trenches" will help you take an introspective look at your own writing habits and life. Through examples and inspiration from writers who struggled with--and overcame--rejection and reservations, discover the path towards writing smarter and happier today.
As an aspiring author, I was thrilled to be approved for Write Smart, Write Happy: How to Become a More Productive, Resilient and Successful Writer . Just look at how much promise is in that title!
The book wasn't at all what I was expecting. It was so much better.
This isn't a grammar guide or a how-to-get-published formula. It isn't a book for new writers who haven't been in the game for a while. Newbie Writer Dawn would have either been completely overwhelmed or would have completely dismissed most of this information.
This is the perfect book for Present Day Writer Dawn, who has been studying the craft, submitting, and working toward publication for a while. Someone who has seen behind the curtain and knows The Wizard is actually a tiny man with bad hair.
Even more so, it is the perfect book for a multi-published veteran author.
Back when I was starting my family, there was a series of books called "The Girlfriends' Guides." by Vicki Iovine. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy and The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood were straight-forward, no nonsense, frank descriptions of pregnancy and the aftermath that skipped the glowing parts and went directly to what you really needed to be prepared for.
Write Smart, Write Happy reads like a Girlfriends' Guide to Being an Author. Cheryl St. John sums this up in a simple statement. "I've been called painfully honest in the past because my thinking is why not tell it like it is so others don't think they're the only ones with these feelings?"
The first part of the book is a deep study in goal setting and deciding how bad you do you want it?
Every chapter has examples from other authors and practical activities for exploring and reflecting on how you process the information. These real-life applicable strategies continue through discussions of struggling with rejection, negativity, jealousy, confidence, time management, priorities, burn-out, and several other topics that authors will recognize from each step of their journey.
What resonated the most with me is there is no magic pill and whatever works for you is right as long as it is truly working for you.
I prefer to have craft books in print so I can make notes, add stickies, and underline passages that speak to me. I can't wait to get my print copy of this, so I can transfer the over fifty notes I made in the Kindle file.
I will absolutely be recommending this book to several of my author friends.
The only thing that kept it from being a five-star read for me was the second part, which I still found informative and helpful, became slightly repetitive.