The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer's Journey by Joanna Penn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Disclaimer: I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Part 1: From The Book Cover
Being a writer is not just about typing. It’s also about surviving the roller-coaster 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.
Part 2: Recommendation
All the mindset issues throughout the creative journey has been mentioned in a lot, if not all, of the podcasts relating to creative work. As a writer in the beginning stages of my journey, I too have gone through these mindset issues and almost gave up. So, when Joanna Penn announced on her The Creative Penn podcast that she was going to write a mindset book aimed at writers, I felt excited and hoped Joanna finishes the book soon. I wasn't sure if I was going to get selected for an ARC but I emailed her anyway and Joanna was gracious enough to send me an ePub version (Thank you! I truly appreciate it!)
This book, like many of her non-fiction books, has been truly inspiring. Her wonderful voice is very evident in the way she presented the mindset issues as well as in the practical ways she offers the antidote(s). I also liked the fact that she is not afraid bare her soul by sharing excerpts from her journals and mentioning other reading materials both her own books and other writer's books that she feels are relevant to that particular mindset issue. Some people will most likely think that the issues and antidotes in this book are silly or shallow but I honestly feel that just by reading this book, it has already helped me overcome some of the issues I have and has helped me look at it in a different perspective, thereby, helping me navigate through the issue and develop my own resolution. I feel that this book should be in every creative's (not just writers) reference shelf for when you need help moving past that difficult mindset issue.
Despite the book being a quick read, it moved me so much that I wanted to cry my heart out when I reached the end of the book and read the lines: "So what can we do with our time on this earth to be remarkable, to be extraordinary? CREATE. That is all we can do. For this body will crumble and die but we are not tethered by it. Measure your life by what you create. No go write."
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