There are times when life doesn’t turn out as you expected. Then there are times when life punches you in the gut, takes your wallet, and leaves you hanging upside down by your toenails.
2009 was one of those times for me (the gut-punching kind). My construction business faltered after the housing bubble burst, and my wife and I found ourselves in $50,000 worth of debt. Then came the toughest decision of our young lives: we left the community we loved and moved into my parents' basement in search of a simpler life.
Part of the change included laying aside my aspirations for wealth and taking up the vocation of my dreams: I would try to make money writing full time. This is the story of my first year doing exactly that.
I would try to build a life out of words.
Also included in the book are nine essays from folks who make money writing – they share unique tips on how to find writing work and how to improve your craft. Contributors include Andi Cumbo, Bryan Allain, Ed Cyzewski, Jason Boyett, Jeff Goins, Jennifer Luitwieler, Ken Mueller, Kristin Tennant, and Stacy Barton.
Shawn Smucker is the author of the novel, The Day the Angels Fell, along with numerous non-fiction books including Building a Life Out of Words, How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp, and Refuse to Drown. He lives with his wife and five children in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can find him online at shawnsmucker.com.
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"With its rich prose and inspiring message, this book is a gift. It's clear to see why Smucker has been able to build a life with words--his
words are filled with life. I recommend this not only for writers but
for anyone who wants to move beyond the ordinary and live out their
calling every day." Tamara Lunardo, What a Woman is Worth
"Shawn has written a great book on how writers live and make a living. Part memoir, part practical guide -- this book will be a helpful
companion to anyone trying to be a professional writer." Jeff Goins, You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One)
"Building a Life Out of Words" is a quick read, recommended for writers and would-be writers, as well as anyone struggling with a calling that may seem like
it's bound to take you over a cliff." Blake Atwood, The Gospel According to Breaking Bad