I’m not normally one to pick up what you would generally consider “self-help” books at my local bookstore. I’m more of a novel guy, personally. Still, I received this book on Christmas from a family member, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to give Mr. Goins a shot.
I’m glad that I did.
There’s no such thing as a comprehensive guide to every question a prospective writer might ask. We writers are an inquisitive bunch, after all. If I were to say that this book left me completely satisfied, that it answered my every question about the publication process, well, people would say that I’m lying. And they’d be right.
After putting down “You Are A Writer,” I am not satisfied. There were many points in the book where I felt that I was still reading the book’s introduction, despite being more than three quarters of the way through the book. I want more: more details about how the publication process works, more tips about how to get my work out there. A better understanding of how I am supposed to find the inspiration to “start acting like one,” as the book’s cover promises. So no, I am not satisfied.
And yet, I am motivated. While Goins did not outright answer all of my questions, he did inspire me to get out there and start finding these answers myself. ‘You Are A Writer” is no in-depth guide about how to manage every single detail of a career as a writer. Frankly, it wouldn’t be fair to expect that from a book of this length (my copy was barely 132 small pages with large print).
What this book is, is a way to get started. A way to get your foot in the door and begin to understand what it means to be a writer.
With that in mind, this was a highly rewarding read that I would highly recommend to any aspiring writers struggling to get their foot in the door.