Here are three books that are Shelping me with my writing education. These go along with my recent blog series on the education of a writer. You can read the posts here or here. As I go on this journey, there are three areas that I am focusing on – self-promotion, my freelance life, and my writing life.
HELP WITH SELF-PROMOTION
Brag Better: Master the Art of Fearless Self-Promotion by Meredith Freeman
I stumbled across this book on Amazon as I was doing some research on writing books. As I read reviews, it resonated with me when I saw the words “the qualified quiet.” I have always fallen into this category at work. Often I’m described as having quiet confidence or being a quiet leader. So, I wanted to see if the lessons in this book would help me be more vocal in my professional life and quickly saw that it applies to my writing life as well.
This book teaches you how to effortlessly and unapologetically self-promote while managing anxiety and championing yourself. Freeman speaks to the “The Qualified Quiet.” Those smart people who don’t toot their own horn loud enough may go unnoticed. She helps you craft your message, remove limiting words when you are describing yourself. Erase the “trying” or “attempting” and replace them with “I am” doing. While this is geared to you promoting yourself at work, it is tremendously helpful in learning how to promote oneself as a freelance writer, as well.
HELP WITH GETTING MY FREELANCE WRITING LIFE
The second book on the list was recommended by Javacia of See Jane Write.
My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodman is the book.
This book is the perfect companion to See Jane Freelance, the revised e-course offered by Javacia. If you have ever dreamt of being a freelance writer, this course is for you and this book is too. Check out my blog post about the course (I have a special discount just for you.) But hurry, the doors to signup close on December 1, 2020.
Anyway, this book is a guide to learning how to achieve your freelance writing goals. In the book, Goodman offers sage advice on creating a portfolio, explains why you need a portfolio, talks about money, and so much more.
HELP WITH WRITING IN GENERAL
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Let me start by saying, “I am a huge Stephen King fan. Stephen King can do no wrong.” So, when you can get a book on the art of writing from one of the best writers of all-time, it is a win-win. This is one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Nonfiction Books of all time.
In the book, King talks about key moments that shaped his writing career, offers advice to aspiring writers, and more.
Do you have any other books that are helping you get your writing life? Share in the comments.
~Until Next Time,