Everyone Has What It Takes: A Writer's Guide to the End of Self-Doubt

Everyone Has What It Takes: A Writer's Guide to the End of Self-Doubt

by William Kenower
Everyone Has What It Takes: A Writer's Guide to the End of Self-Doubt

Everyone Has What It Takes: A Writer's Guide to the End of Self-Doubt

by William Kenower


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An insightful guide for any writer who's ever wondered if they're talented, creative, lovable, or worthy enough. Spoiler alert: You are.

As hard as the craft of writing is, the greatest challenges writers face are often within ourselves. Comparison, self-doubt, isolation, and other internal struggles can derail a writer's progress, at any stage in the writing life. Author, essayist, and speaker William Kenower knows these struggles first-hand, and hears them from writers everywhere he teaches and appears. In this candid and encouraging book, he dismantles the myth that some writers have talent and others don't, and shares relatable stories, wisdom, and best practices for reengaging with our passion, following our curiosity, and staying connected to what matters most.

If you've ever wondered whether you're "really" a writer, or should retreat to a safer, more conventional path, this enlightening and accepting book will spark renewed purpose and joy on your writing journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593330784
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2021
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 510,796
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence (Writers Digest Books, May 2017), and Write Within Yourself: An Author's Companion (Booktrope Editions, 2013), and the Editor-in-Chief of the popular online Author magazine. In addition to his books, William has published essays on writing and spirituality in the Huffington Post, Writer's Digest, Writer's Digest Online, The New York Times, and Tifferet Journal.
His video interviews with authors, which have received well over a million views, are widely considered the best of their kind on the Internet. He is also the host of Author2Author, a weekly podcast where he and a different author discuss the books we write and the lives they lead. Kenower is also a dynamic and in-demand public speaker and teacher, who delivers keynotes and lectures at writers conferences, spiritual MeetUps, Rotary clubs, and more.

Table of Contents

Foreword Susie Moore xiii

Chapter 1 A New Story 1

Chapter 2 Choose What Fits 11

Chapter 3 Successful Experiences 25

Chapter 4 The Practice 37

Chapter 5 Good Questions 53

Chapter 6 Connection 63

Chapter 7 Full Engagement 73

Chapter 8 Failures 85

Chapter 9 Earthly Powers 97

Chapter 10 Getting in the Mood 109

Chapter 11 Why Publish? 119

Chapter 12 Gatekeepers 131

Chapter 13 The Hard Part 143

Chapter 14 Fame 155

Chapter 15 Preparing for Success 165

Chapter 16 Keeping Up with Yourself 175

Chapter 17 Writing as Kindness 185

Chapter 18 Writing as a Relationship 197

Chapter 19 No Drama 209

Acknowledgments 217

About the Author 219

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