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Being a writer is not just about typing. It's also about surviving the rollercoaster of the creative journey.
Self-doubt, fear of failure, the need for validation, perfectionism, writer's block, comparisonitis, overwhelm, and much more. When you're going through these things, it can feel like you're alone. But actually, they are part of the creative process, and every author goes through them too.
This book collects the mindset issues that writers experience, that I have been through myself over the last nine years, and that perhaps you will experience at different times on the creative journey. Each small chapter tackles a possible issue and then offers an antidote, so that you can dip in and out over time. It includes excerpts from my own personal journals as well as quotes from well-known writers. I hope it helps you on the road to becoming a successful author.
©2016 Joanna Penn (P)2016 Joanna Penn
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By Rhianna Walker on 06-27-17

Any genre, any writing goal, be successful!

I've been writing for fun in some form or another since I was able to hold a writing implement. Having toyed with the idea of taking my dabblings to the next level—publishing—and having many published author friends whom I felt might enjoy it, I thought I'd give this a listen.

Not only is this a great book for aspiring authors, it's a fantastic resource for indies, mid-listers, and anyone who wants to take their writing career farther. One of the points Penn makes that I found particularly wonderful is that everyone defines their own success. She then gives you keys to how to reach farther and go bigger while providing anecdotal experiences from her own writing journey.

Whatever your genre, whatever your goals, whatever your location on the writer's journey, you are sure to find at least one useful suggestion for getting the right mindset. I chose to enjoy it as an audiobook and really found the narrator to be engaging and charming, she did a fantastic job of keeping Penn's writing lively. I would much recommend picking this up in digital or print for easier reference points but it is definitely a listen I would recommend too.

If I were still working as a publicist I would share this with every debut author I worked with, I think it's a resource worth every penny.

Notes: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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By RehdWolfe on 12-22-17

very inspiring and realistic at the same time.

the author helps you to understand that becoming a successful author is a marathon and not a Sprint. in a cogent essay on what it actually takes to be successful from a myriad of sources the author guide you through what it requires of a person technically as well as spiritually and emotionally to achieve a long-term goal.

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By Emily on 06-16-17


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This self help book gives advice on issues ranging from mental states while writing to writers block and how to work through it to insecurity and inferiority complexes. It helps on almost every issue conceivable to an author, new or old, and really gives you a confidence boost.

The narrator was also pretty good with a smooth voice and an easy narrating style.

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By rob y on 12-11-17

Lots to take in

This book covers a lot of information very quickly. Will probably be one I will listen to a few times.

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