Writing, Story, and You: Building a Life Out of Words

by Ken Mueller on March 27, 2012 · 27 comments

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 Writing, Story, and You: Building a Life Out of WordsI write, therefore I am.

Every time I sit down at the computer and put digital pen to digital paper, I am writing. I am creating content, most of which is designed for digital consumption. But whether that writing is destined for real paper in a real book, or will only reside on this still nascent and ethereal entity known as the Internet, I’m making a little more of my life and the contents of my mind more permanent.

Writing is important to me, and this blog is my primary medium for communication. It’s where I can put my thoughts and ideas into print, and share them with others, like you, and get feedback. And from here, those ideas can be shared across a variety of social platforms.

But it all comes back to writing.

Words. Each of which is a part of my permanent legacy online.

And writing isn’t easy. Oh sure, some days it’s easier than others, but overall, it can be rather trying. But several years ago I made the decision to blog every day, and I haven’t regretted it. Most of the time.

Writing can be important for all of us, whether it’s our profession, or merely one of the tools of our profession. If you do any sort of writing, or want to write, I want to introduce you to a new resource from my friend Shawn Smucker, who has written a number of posts for me here on my blog, most recently about taking social media on the road with him as he and his family travel the country.

If you write, or just want to write, even if it’s only blogging, Shawn’s new e-Book, Building a Life Out of Words is one you need to check out.

In full disclosure, Shawn asked me to contribute a short essay to this book, which I did, but this is his book, and I make no money off of it. Shawn is an excellent writer and in this book he openly and frankly discusses his journey toward becoming a full-time writer. It’s a great story, and also includes contributions from Andi Cumbo, Bryan Allain, Ed Cyzewski, Jason Boyett, Jeff Goins, Jennifer Luitwieler, Kristin Tennant, and Stacy Barton.

I promise it will inspire you to write, even when you feel like you can’t. And it’s only $3.99, available in Kindle, Nook, and PDF formats. Can’t beat that price, eh? And, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re purchase helps Shawn buy a box of cereal for his family. It’s the little things that count.

And if you purchase a copy, or want to offer your thoughts on the book, or writing in general, just let us know in the comments below.

 

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29 comments
Erin F.
Erin F.

Great lines: "And writing isn’t easy. Oh sure, some days it’s easier than others, but overall, it can be rather trying." They're true, even for people who call themselves "writers."

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kmueller62
kmueller62

@justashcraft @shawnsmucker good stuff. it's a good read. you'll enjoy it

shawnsmucker
shawnsmucker

@justashcraft thanks for the shout-out, Justin!

jdeeds
jdeeds

You know I've really enjoyed reading about the families travels. I'll be sad when they finally settle down. Maybe we can start a campaign to keep Shawn and his family on the road. :) I can't wait to pick up the book and get inspired. 

shonali
shonali

@cisionnavigator It sure does! @kmueller62

bdorman264
bdorman264

Interesting; I have had to take a small hiatus, but during the lull I have definitely missed the writing. It is a commitment, but I have enjoyed it. 

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Lorrien8qjq

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Lorrien8qjq
Lorrien8qjq

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justashcraft
justashcraft

@shawnsmucker No problem man. Can't wait to check out the book!

shawnsmucker
shawnsmucker

 @jdeeds Thanks, Jason. Some days we want to keep traveling. Others...not so much.

KenMueller
KenMueller moderator

 @bdorman264 I love the writing. If I miss a day, I know that it bothers me more than it does any of my readers. I struggle from time to time, but other days, it's rather therapeutic! 

shawnsmucker
shawnsmucker

 @KenMueller I've tried to go to blogging three days a week, but if I don't do it every day, it just doesn't seem to happen.

Dhara Mistry
Dhara Mistry moderator

 @Erin F. Hey Erin, this is Dhara here from Livefyre. Edit comments feature is coming soon, in the next month mostly! So stay tuned! As for the "share" tweet not linking to the post, that is a known bug on our end, and we're currently working towards a resolution. Appreciate your patience in the meantime! 

Erin F.
Erin F.

 @KenMueller  @shawnsmucker  I wish Livefyre had an edit function. There's an extra "to" in my comment.

 

The "share" function was weird, too. It didn't have the name of your post in it; it said the post was "undefined." 

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Erin F.
Erin F.

 @KenMueller  @shawnsmucker It was @AmeenaFalchetto who asked the question, and she was wondering about the end goal, too. I think my end goal is the same, but I may have to think about what content best serves my audience and still is a joy to write. I'm already planning to write a couple of blog posts related to to that idea and the goal one. 

 

I know I'm struggling with the schedule at the moment, but I think I'd be at a loss without it. See, I am psychotic.

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Erin F.
Erin F.

 @KenMueller  @shawnsmucker I've been thinking the same thing - the potential for a blog post, I mean. I had someone question the five days per week schedule several weeks ago and have been pondering it ever since.

 

As someone who's beginning afresh with a new business model and a new site, though, I think the heavy schedule is crucial.

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KenMueller
KenMueller moderator

 @Erin F. @shawnsmucker I made the decision early on to blog 3 times a week or so, and found myself having a lot to say, so I blogged every day. Both the best and worst thing I've done in my business life. Some days it kills me. But it's how I've build this business, and the SEO value alone is phenomenal. But when I work with clients, I tell them never to do this. At least not to start. Start slow, but be consistent. You can always build up, but it's hard to cut back. And you have to manage the expectations of your readers. Hmm. Might be a blog post in this for me. 

Erin F.
Erin F.

 @shawnsmucker  @KenMueller What an odd conversation to overhear. I've been thinking about going to three days per week, but I'm scared that I'll fall into the trap to which Ken alludes in the comment below.

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