The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer's Journey

The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer's Journey

by Joanna Penn

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The Successful Author Mindset: A Handbook for Surviving the Writer's Journey by Joanna Penn

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.

The book includes:

Part 1: Mindset Aspects of Creativity and Writing

  • Self-doubt and imposter syndrome
  • Need for validation
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of rejection and criticism
  • Your inner critic
  • Fear of judgment
  • Perfectionism
  • Writer’s block and procrastination
  • “I’m not creative. I don’t have any ideas”
  • “My writing isn’t original”
  • “Why write? There are too many books in the world already”
  • “I don’t have the time or self-discipline to write”
  • “I’m not finding writing much fun. It’s hard work.”
  • “I keep starting things and not finishing them”
  • Dealing with friends, family and writer’s groups
  • “How do I find my voice?”
  • Comparisonitis or “Everyone is better than me”

Part 2: Mindset Aspects after Publishing

  • Anti-climax and creative dissatisfaction
  • What is your definition of success?
  • What happens when you tell people that you’re an author?
  • “I’m overwhelmed”
  • Dealing with fans, authenticity and drawing the line
  • Haters gonna hate
  • Ambition, fame and fortune
  • Giving up

Part 3: Tips for Success on the Author Journey

  • Know thyself
  • Understand and hone your creative process
  • Develop professional habits
  • Manage professional relationships
  • Take control of your writing career
  • Find your community
  • Keep learning
  • Schedule rest and take time off
  • Think long term. Create a body of work

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912105595
Publisher: The Creative Penn Limited
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Pages: 164
Sales rank: 1,043,848
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn. She also writes inspirational non-fiction for authors and is an award-winning creative entrepreneur and international professional speaker. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com is regularly voted one of the top 10 sites for writers and self-publishers.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Mindset Aspects of Creativity and Writing

Self-doubt and imposter syndrome
Need for validation
Fear of failure
Fear of rejection and criticism
Your inner critic
Fear of judgment
Perfectionism
Writer's block and procrastination
"I'm not creative. I don't have any ideas"
"My writing isn't original"
"Why write? There are too many books in the world already"
"I don't have the time or self-discipline to write"
"I'm not finding writing much fun. It's hard work."
"I keep starting things and not finishing them"
Dealing with friends, family and writer's groups
"How do I find my voice?"
Comparisonitis or "Everyone is better than me"

Part 2: Mindset Aspects after Publishing

Anti-climax and creative dissatisfaction
What is your definition of success?
What happens when you tell people that you're an author?
"I'm overwhelmed"
Dealing with fans, authenticity and drawing the line
Haters gonna hate
Ambition, fame and fortune
Giving up

Part 3: Tips for Success on the Author Journey

Know thyself
Understand and hone your creative process
Develop professional habits
Manage professional relationships
Take control of your writing career
Find your community
Keep learning
Schedule rest and take time off
Think long term. Create a body of work

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ReaderInUSA More than 1 year ago
There are plenty of books out there that teach you how to write, but I think what sometimes gets overlooked is the right mindset you need to have in order to accomplish your writing goals, whatever they may be. Joanna does an amazing job of addressing a wide range of issues that authors and aspiring authors undoubtedly face, and she uses her own personal stories and experiences to recommend how to overcome them. The book is well organized, and the writing is clear and easy to understand. I'm sure I'll be re-reading this book throughout my author journey.