Saturday, November 26, 2005

Book Review: Calling Yourself A Writer


If you are a "closet" writer, then this is the book you need to read, and probably one you have never heard about because neither Oprah nor Dr. Phil wrote it. But let me introduce to you—

---Dorothea Helms. She is a local writer (means she lives in my neighborhood) and a wonderfully spirited and inspirational leader, helping other writers overcome all the reasons why they don’t go out and write for a living. Even if you aren’t a writer, the advice in this little book applies to you.

The full title is actually "The Writing Fairy(tm) Guide To Calling Yourself A Writer" if you are going to search it on Amazon.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s short, concise, packed with humour (spelling this the Canadian way) but from the heart. And in this case the heart of a 6 figure writing inspirationalist (Um , is that a word?). Yes, you heard me, over 100,000 dollar income a year for Dorothea. She knows how to make money writing and is trying hard to teach that skill to others. This little book (under 100 pages) is one of those ways.

I don’t want to give away any of her secrets by just blurting them out here, so I’ll kinda encapsulate the joy of her little treasure book. It is worth picking up and reading. It has a positive message, actually many of them, and will leave you feeling empowered to write - for cash!

Dorothea takes you down the road (with funny anecdotes of her own journey) of becoming a writer and the mind set you need to succeed. And it’s done in such a way that before you know it you have finished the book, feeling a whole lot better about yourself and proclaiming yourself a writer.

I’ve written some inspirational posts on writing here on this blog too, and you will find a plethora (love that word) of books on the subject if you look for them - just avoid Oprah and Phil - way too commercial. Yuk!

To end then. This book will not guide you on how to make money writing, but it will inspire and assure you it can and will be done. Bravo Dorothea. Well done. See - you can do it.

And so can we.
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