I live in Amish country: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
When you visit you’ll find:
- Horse and buggy combos are commonplace, even at Wal-Mart.
- Hard workers and neatly kept lawns.
- Tourist attractions.
- Shawn Smucker.
I’ve yet to meet Smucker in person, but after reading his new book Building a Life Out of Words, we’ve shared coffee, swapped writing ideas and engaged in a refreshing heart to heart.
The mark of a masterful writer, actor or any creative is the transcendent ability to transfer feeling–to elicit a response from the receiver of the message. Amid his struggles building a business for ten years overseas to painting windows and porches, Smucker’s stories wade through the worries and anxieties which often plague writers and other creatives. Putting the spotlight on fear, it scurries back into the darkness from whence it came.
A benchmark of what Building a Life Out of Words carries is peace. After reading this succinct yet full e-book, you’ll enjoy an impartation and acknowledgement that, although it’s not easy, if you make space for your work, it will flourish. It will grow.
Refreshingly honest, Smucker also goes where few choose to trod: money. An example:
Other accomplished contributors include Andi Cumbo, Bryan Allain, Ed Cyzewski, Jason Boyett, Jeff Goins, Jennifer Luitwieler, Ken Mueller, Kristin Tennant, and Stacy Barton.
Though written specifically for writers, Building a Life Out of Words applies to the artists, the day-jobbers and creatives who must push though fear of failure, loss and continual rejection to reach satisfaction, accomplishment and joy.
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