“Writers don’t make any money at all. We make about a dollar. It is terrible. But then again we don’t work either. We sit around in our underwear until noon then go downstairs and make coffee, fry some eggs, read the paper, read part of a book, smell the book, wonder if perhaps we ourselves should work on our book, smell the book again, throw the book across the room because we are quite jealous that any other person wrote a book, feel terribly guilty about throwing the schmuck’s book across the room because we secretly wonder if God in heaven noticed our evil jealousy, or worse, our laziness. We then lie across the couch facedown and mumble to God to forgive us because we are secretly afraid He is going to dry up all our words because we envied another man’s stupid words. And for this, as I said, we are paid a dollar. We are worth so much more.” -Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz
All day yesterday, I kept thinking about how I don’t know where I’d be without writing. This simple outlet has given me the creative ability to process and digest my life…my own unique story…and turn it into a redemptive work of art-in-progress. I am incredibly excited about this post today, because I have decided to do a special giveaway to inspire all of the writers out there and encourage you to share your story!
I am giving away:
-3 beautiful journals from Rifle Paper Co.
-A copy of my e-book, “Coffee and Keyboards”, which is packed with information on blogging, how to get paid as a writer, self-publishing, creating an e-book, social media, marketing, and more!
Why “Coffee and Keyboards”, you ask? Because it’s all you need to get started as a writer! Technically, you could even begin with coffee and a journal, which is why I am providing you with both.
Each morning, my soul fills with joy and anticipation to begin the day as I smell the delicious aroma of coffee drip into my favorite mug (I alternate between a beautiful floral mug from Anthropologie, and a classic diner mug from Waffle House). One of the best gifts I have ever received is my Keurig coffee machine, which allows me to fuel my impatient caffeine addiction and wake up for my favorite part of the day: writing.
This book is just a very practical project I decide to work on, because I have learned a lot through trial and error as a young, professional writer. Seven years ago, I started a blog that absolutely no one read (except maybe my mother). Even so, I remained faithful and passionate, and continued blogging almost every single day.
Today, I have thousands of followers, three self-published books that are selling consistently, speaking opportunities, and an online magazine, http://www.IdentityGirlsOnline.com, that I run, overseeing 20 talented writers, which gets thousands of views per day. It’s easy to get discouraged and lose sight of your vision and purpose as a writer. My advice? JUST KEEP WRITING. My reason for writing this book was to inform, equip, and inspire you on your own unique journey. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy getting resourced!
Click on the link below to enter into the writers giveaway, with 3 journals from Rifle Paper Co. and a copy of my e-book, Coffee and Keyboards.