Building A Life Out Of Words

Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Art, Book Reviews, Books, Dreams, writing | 4 comments

If you’re a writer, it’s not unlikely to assume that you have spent a small (or not so small) portion of your time dreaming about what it might be like to write for life, to write to put food on the table,to quit your ‘day job’ and just live words. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to dreaming a little about what this might look like for me. Shawn Smucker is Building A Life Out Of Words and in his latest ebook, Shawn talks about the challenges he faced when deciding to attempt to do just this. Shawn shares the events leading up to the decision he made to finally try to make a living at writing. Among Shawn’s own words are also nine essays from other writers, such as Jeff Goins, Ed Cyzewski, Jason Boyette and others. These other writers share their tips on writing, making money through writing, marketing your work, and so on.

I found Shawn’s book to be both encouraging and enlightening. Building A Life Out Of Words presents the challenge writers face in an honest, sincere light and brings a humble,  human aspect to the dream. Churning out word counts and meeting deadlines are critical for success, but there is more to it than that. There is a heart and soul behind the words, the stories, the dreams–

Reading this book made me wonder a bit more about the ability to take a chance on a dream. What is the final shove that sets us in a new direction, one where we willingly live our goals? Shawn details the events that led him to live his dream. I wonder, what mine might look like. What would yours look like?

If you’re curious about the life of a writer, about what it takes to Build A Life Out of Words, I think you’ll find some encouragement, a lot of truth, and some inspiration in Shawn’s words. Check it out.

*Shawn sent me a copy of his book for free, for the purpose of my review. I greatly appreciated his words and the opinions expressed here are all mine. 

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  • http://youaremygirls.com Jennifer Camp

    Kris, I appreciate your review, and also the stirrings towards wondering, too, what my story might be–or, even if this is a desire of my heart (regarding writing). Thank you so much.

    • alwaysalleluia

      Oh my sweet sister, you have a story. And I understand the wondering… praying that the Lord leads and guides you to do with your story what is honoring and pleasing to Him. I believe you already are, your blog is full of His grace, and your words such a blessing to so many. Thank you for stopping here today. You always bless me. 

  • Ashley Ditto

    I want to check this out! I am always looking for great reads! Thanks Kris!!

    • alwaysalleluia

      Ashley~ I think you will find it to be a good read. I appreciate works such as this one.