Why Am I A Writer?

This weekend I received a free copy of The Writer’s Manifesto by Jeff Goins, which was just a perk for signing up for his newsletter.  Jeff is the one hosting the “Great Writers” challenge that I joined yesterday.

I wasn’t sure what to expect upon receiving it.  It’s a short book (a 44-page .pdf reminiscent of a slideshow).  If you’re interested in a free copy, check out his website.

Here’s how I would describe Goins’ premise:

  • Writers are disillusioned from the marketing to achieve acclaim
  • Writers must return to their first love (writing)
  • When we write to please ourselves we will impact others with our work.

Of course, his wording is much more eloquent and you should download his book because it’s excellent and free and I’m not getting anything out of the deal for recommending it.

So, this afternoon anyway, his manifesto has gotten me thinking about why I am a writer and what I want to achieve from it.

To a degree, I think that I want what most writers want: “To write something worth reading” (Ben Franklin).

When we come to the point where we are consumed by the ‘business’ side of things and no longer are creating, then Goins is right. We truly have lost touch with what’s important: the art of writing.

I have a lot to think about.

By the bye, if you enjoy The Writers Manifesto, you may also like Jeff’s newest e-book, You are A Writer, which just hit #17 on the Amazon’s Top 100 Books list.  Congratulations Jeff!

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