I downloaded Every Writer Needs a Tribe when it was free last week. I’m so glad I did because I was very inspired by it. In fact, after reading it, I wanted to get on a plane, track down Jeff Goins, and see if I could get five minutes of his time to pick his brain more on some of the things I read!
While I’ve read many books on writing and marketing, Jeff’s way of presenting things in Every Writer Needs a Tribe made so much of the material seem new and fresh. He challenged me to step back and examine long and hard why I’m writing, what kind of writer I am, and who I should be writing to.
As blogger, it’s easy to become so focused on content production. Don’t get me wrong: Content production is a good thing. Without it, a blog would be kind of dead! But we need to take time to examine the kind of content we’re producing and what it’s accomplishing.
Being a good writer is about so much more than just producing content. You want to produce the kind of content that is going to get people’s attention and keep people’s attention. Ultimately, you want your words to make a difference in people’s lives — whether that be by challenging their viewpoints, inspiring them to take action, or just providing a story that people can enjoy reading.
The words we wield with a pen or keyboard can have a life-changing effect. For this to happen, though, we must invest the time to hone our craft and build our tribe. Without taking the effort to develop yourself as a writer, your words won’t have as much meaning. Without a tribe, you’ll spend years of your life speaking into a black abyss — with no one getting to benefit from your words of wisdom.
This short ebook will inspire you to invest in both improving your writing skills and building a loyal readership. It’s a quick read, and worth your time if you are a blogger or writer of any kind.
See more book recommendations I’ve posted this year here. You can also see all books I’ve read so far in 2012 here.
Have you read any good books recently?