Book Review: How to be a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead

Day 117 - Project 365 - 26th Apr 08 : HOW TO BE A FAMOUS WRITER BEFORE YOU'RE DEADTitle: How to be a Famous Writer Before You're Dead (Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights)
Author: Ariel Gore

Writing books and magazines used to be in my staple reading diet. I devoured them. But, I've pretty much abandoned the habit in the last few years.

I guess, after a while, all the advice just began to sound the same to me. There was nothing new, nothing revealing, nothing that excited me enough to want to actually WRITE.

Then I saw this book at the library a few months ago. I decided to borrow it just for the heck of it.

And, without expecting it, I actually enjoyed reading this book. It inspired me. Gave me lots of ideas and food for thought. But most importantly, it allowed me to explore my writing roots AND got me back to writing.

I also love how it enabled me to explore my strengths and weaknesses as a "rising lit star"... and it helped me to re-focus my writing dreams. And, since finishing this book a couple of months ago, I've been on that personal writing journey.

Some of my favourite quotes from the book:

"You must write the thing you most want to read."

"Embrace your genius."

"You don't have to be good at something to do it. Put your heart in to your work, don't take yourself seriously, and practice!"

The only regret I have about this book is having to return it to the library. I wish I can have it in my own bookshelf to refer to whenever I need to remind myself of certain writing goals and dreams.

Note to Australians: Buy How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights from Fishpond. They offer free shipping for orders over AU$50.

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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