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Vanquish Your Writing Doubts & ObstaclesWriting is a vulnerable occupation; it is both personal and intimate. The act of writing, cycles of revision, and the confusing publishing industry can shatter a writer's confidence, leaving you feeling like an imposter, overcome with rejection. Survival--and success--requires commitment, honesty, courage, resilience, sacrifice, and Vanquish Your Writing Doubts & ObstaclesWriting is a vulnerable occupation; it is both personal and intimate. The act of writing, cycles of revision, and the confusing publishing industry can shatter a writer's confidence, leaving you feeling like an imposter, overcome with rejection. Survival--and success--requires commitment, honesty, courage, resilience, sacrifice, and miles and miles of heart. You have everything you need as a writer--it lies within, in the form of consistency and self-confidence. With Write Smart, Write Happy, best-selling author Cheryl St. John will help you unlock your skills, guiding you to overcome every hesitation, obstacle, form of writer's block, and procrastination habit you have. Within these pages, you'll learn to: Organize your writing life by using a planner, scheduling your yearly goals, and acknowledging career plans. Sharpen your saw by recharging your creativity, developing positive motivation, and creating healthy writing habits. Affirm your beliefs by overcoming self-doubt, learning to use affirmations, and altering your thinking. Conquer remaining fears by releasing tendencies towards perfectionism and establishing strategies for habitual success. Written with a no-nonsense attitude, St. John's "advice from the trenches" will help you take an introspective look at your own writing habits and life. Through examples and inspiration from writers who struggled with--and overcame--rejection and reservations, discover the path towards writing smarter and happier today.


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Vanquish Your Writing Doubts & ObstaclesWriting is a vulnerable occupation; it is both personal and intimate. The act of writing, cycles of revision, and the confusing publishing industry can shatter a writer's confidence, leaving you feeling like an imposter, overcome with rejection. Survival--and success--requires commitment, honesty, courage, resilience, sacrifice, and Vanquish Your Writing Doubts & ObstaclesWriting is a vulnerable occupation; it is both personal and intimate. The act of writing, cycles of revision, and the confusing publishing industry can shatter a writer's confidence, leaving you feeling like an imposter, overcome with rejection. Survival--and success--requires commitment, honesty, courage, resilience, sacrifice, and miles and miles of heart. You have everything you need as a writer--it lies within, in the form of consistency and self-confidence. With Write Smart, Write Happy, best-selling author Cheryl St. John will help you unlock your skills, guiding you to overcome every hesitation, obstacle, form of writer's block, and procrastination habit you have. Within these pages, you'll learn to: Organize your writing life by using a planner, scheduling your yearly goals, and acknowledging career plans. Sharpen your saw by recharging your creativity, developing positive motivation, and creating healthy writing habits. Affirm your beliefs by overcoming self-doubt, learning to use affirmations, and altering your thinking. Conquer remaining fears by releasing tendencies towards perfectionism and establishing strategies for habitual success. Written with a no-nonsense attitude, St. John's "advice from the trenches" will help you take an introspective look at your own writing habits and life. Through examples and inspiration from writers who struggled with--and overcame--rejection and reservations, discover the path towards writing smarter and happier today.

30 review for Write Smart, Write Happy: How to Become a More Productive, Resilient and Successful Writer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. I am interested in any book dedicated to the craft of writing but often find the contents rather similar. This doesn't deter me, however, as I find it incredibly inspiring to begin my daily writing routine with some related reading. This book, whilst not delivering anything mind-blowingly unique, was a passionate yet straight-forward discourse on the subject of creativity, instilling me with boundless motivation and encouragement. I loved this book for the way it deliver Actual rating 4.5/5 stars. I am interested in any book dedicated to the craft of writing but often find the contents rather similar. This doesn't deter me, however, as I find it incredibly inspiring to begin my daily writing routine with some related reading. This book, whilst not delivering anything mind-blowingly unique, was a passionate yet straight-forward discourse on the subject of creativity, instilling me with boundless motivation and encouragement. I loved this book for the way it delivered its messages. The author relayed anecdotes from her own creative journey, as well as including advice, quotes, and success stories from other writers. This delivered tough love and stark facts, when needed, but also maintained a sunny and positive outlook that had me full of self-belief and determination. This offered no promises and no secret hacks to get you published within the year. It did make me view the creative process in an entirely different light, however, and had me engaging with my work in a wholly new way, which I appreciated and am already seeing success with. Whilst there a slew of similar titles available, this is one of the best I have read and I would urge any writer, at any stage in their career, to add this to their arsenal. I received this in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Cheryl St. John, and the publisher, Writer's Digest Books, for this opportunity.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robin Bonne

    Stop procrastinating! The no nonsense tone of this book inspired me to work on organizing my writing goals for this year. There are examples of goal lists, inspiration to organize your writing life, and personal tips from the author on how they created up their writing career. Overall, it is a quick read which could help someone in a writing slump get back on course. A few of the passages seemed a little strange, like the remark about how Nora Roberts does fine without social media. The book is Stop procrastinating! The no nonsense tone of this book inspired me to work on organizing my writing goals for this year. There are examples of goal lists, inspiration to organize your writing life, and personal tips from the author on how they created up their writing career. Overall, it is a quick read which could help someone in a writing slump get back on course. A few of the passages seemed a little strange, like the remark about how Nora Roberts does fine without social media. The book is worth picking up if you need a little nudge to get you writing. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Girl

    I received a free e-book copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Cheryl St. John's "Write Smart, Write Happy" caught my attention because I thought it would be a book about the creative process of writing; however, it is, more accurately, a guide to becoming a committed author and to surviving the publishing business. The key to both? Resilience, consistence, dedication. A lot of what St. John writes about can be summed up in "just sit down and write, I received a free e-book copy of this title from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Cheryl St. John's "Write Smart, Write Happy" caught my attention because I thought it would be a book about the creative process of writing; however, it is, more accurately, a guide to becoming a committed author and to surviving the publishing business. The key to both? Resilience, consistence, dedication. A lot of what St. John writes about can be summed up in "just sit down and write, nobody is going to do that for you." It's difficult to argue with such an approach. An important caveat is that while some elements of the advice provided by St. John can be applicable to anyone who is thinking seriously about being a professional writer, other ideas pertain more specifically to the US (possibly also UK) publishing market. So when St. John describes the importance of having writing / critique partners, I can nod along (even if one doesn't have those IRL, it shouldn't be too difficult to find some online), but when she exhorts the prospective writer to go to writers' conferences and workshops -- well, unfortunately, I don't think this applies to where I live. (Of course, there might be online opportunities for such events.) Overall, the book is an interesting insight into the life of a professional writer, and provides some pieces of advice worth considering, even if not all of them will work for every prospective writer.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Iola

    I thought Write Smart Write Happy was going to be a book about writing—and it is. And it isn't. It isn't what I was expecting (which was something about how to write better). It is about writing, but it's not about the craft of writing. It's more about the mindset behind writing—what it takes to be a successful multi-published author. One of her big points is to focus on what we can control. A publisher declining your manuscript is out of your control. But there are two things you can control: - T I thought Write Smart Write Happy was going to be a book about writing—and it is. And it isn't. It isn't what I was expecting (which was something about how to write better). It is about writing, but it's not about the craft of writing. It's more about the mindset behind writing—what it takes to be a successful multi-published author. One of her big points is to focus on what we can control. A publisher declining your manuscript is out of your control. But there are two things you can control: - The quality of your work - Your attitude and strategy in selling We can't control whether an agent will take us on or whether an editor will acquire a manuscript. If we traditionally publish, we can't control how many books we sell or know what marketing activities result in sales. (Self-published authors have a little more control in that they can see their daily sales and therefore make a connection between daily sales and marketing activities). Defining our success by matters outside our control is only going to lead to stress and unhappiness. Instead, we should focus on what we can control: how much we write, how many submissions we make to publishers, how many books we write (and self-publish, if that's our chosen path). St John says: We only fail when we neglect to set goals and work towards them. St John goes on to say: Saying I want to write and traditionally publish a bestseller is like saying I want world peace. If we set goals that are nearly impossible to obtain, we're setting ourselves up for disappointment and frustration. We can't rely on external factors for our writer happiness. That's not smart and it won't make us happy. Instead: Our self-esteem must come from a job well done and having given our best. The book is also full of inspirational quotes from other writers, such as this line from Ann Landers: Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognise them. St John is full of handy tips to write smart, and write happy, such as changing the font colour to white if we want to write freeflow without the internal editor getting in the way. Clever. Being a successful writer is work. Hard work. There is no Secret Handshake, no secret key to success, no information that the successful published authors are withholding. But there are blogs and books like Write Smart Write Happy which share many valuable tips (e.g. all the different types of editing a traditionally published novel goes through). If you're looking for a book about how to write better, then Write Smart Write Happy isn't the book for you. But if you're looking for some encouragement in your writing journey, or tips on how to be a more consistent and productive writer, and how to set (and achieve) realistic goals, then Write Smart Write Happy might be right for you. Thanks to Writers Digest and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Alexander

    As an aspiring author, I was thrilled to be approved for this book. The book wasn't at all what I was expecting. It was so much better. This isn't a grammar guide or a how-to-get-published formula. It isn't a book for new writers who haven't been in the game for a while. This is the perfect book for someone like me, who has been studying the craft, submitting, and working toward publication for a while. Even more so, it is the perfect book for a multi-published veteran author. Back when I was st As an aspiring author, I was thrilled to be approved for this book. The book wasn't at all what I was expecting. It was so much better. This isn't a grammar guide or a how-to-get-published formula. It isn't a book for new writers who haven't been in the game for a while. This is the perfect book for someone like me, who has been studying the craft, submitting, and working toward publication for a while. Even more so, it is the perfect book for a multi-published veteran author. Back when I was starting my family, there was a series of books called "The Girlfriend's Guides." I remember reading "The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy." It was a straight-forward, no nonsense, frank description of pregnancy and the aftermath. It skipped the glowing parts and went directly to what you really needed to be prepared for. Write Smart, Write Happy reads like a Girlfriend's Guide to Being an Author. Cheryl St. John sums this up in a simple statement. "I've been called painfully honest in the past because my thinking is why not tell it like it is so others don't think they're the only ones with these feelings?" Yes! Preach! The first part of the book is a deep study in goal setting and deciding how bad you do you want it? Every chapter has examples from other authors and practical activities for exploring and reflecting on how you process the information. These real-life applicable strategies continue through discussions of struggling with rejection, negativity, jealousy, confidence, time management, priorities, burn-out, and several other topics that authors will recognize from each step of their journey. What resonated the most with me is there is no magic pill and whatever works for you is right as long as it is truly working for you. I prefer to have craft books in print so I can make notes, add stickies, and underline passages that speak to me. As soon as this is available, I will order it in print so I can transfer the over fifty notes I made in the Kindle file. I will absolutely be recommending this book to several of my author friends. The only thing that kept it from being a five-star read for me was the second part, which I still found informative and helpful, became slightly repetitive.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    Write Smart, Write Happy How to Become a More Productive, Resilient and Successful Writer by Cheryl St. John F+W Media Writer's Digest Books Nonfiction (Adult) , Reference Pub Date 01 Feb 2018 I am reviewing Write Smart, Write Happy through Writer's Digest Books and Netgalley: This book reminds us that writing is a vulnerable occupation. We are reminded too that positive emotions change our brains, opening us up to possibilities, while negative emotions can cripple our ability to function. As writers we Write Smart, Write Happy How to Become a More Productive, Resilient and Successful Writer by Cheryl St. John F+W Media Writer's Digest Books Nonfiction (Adult) , Reference Pub Date 01 Feb 2018 I am reviewing Write Smart, Write Happy through Writer's Digest Books and Netgalley: This book reminds us that writing is a vulnerable occupation. We are reminded too that positive emotions change our brains, opening us up to possibilities, while negative emotions can cripple our ability to function. As writers we are reminded too that we will have to deal with critical people. It is pointed out too that success will come at a cost. We are encouraged too to celebrate each success along the way. We are encouraged to not take offense to all criticism. The author points out too that writers block is an excuse. The important read of building self confidence and rehearing our victories as authors is also brought up. The author addresses the importance of good writing mentors as well as the danger of becoming such a perfectionist it paralyzes her. We are reminded too that rejection is not failure. I give Write Smart, Write Happy five out of five stars! Happy Reading!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Rey

    This book came along 4 years too late for me, but still has some amazing insight on the process and business of writing. There are sections about organization and mental processing to encourage the writer to write. That is the writer's job. And sometimes we get in our feelings of inadequacy and fail to do our job. This book will serve as a reference when I'm having a tough time organizing myself and focusing on the work. I especially appreciated the advice and process of other authors which was This book came along 4 years too late for me, but still has some amazing insight on the process and business of writing. There are sections about organization and mental processing to encourage the writer to write. That is the writer's job. And sometimes we get in our feelings of inadequacy and fail to do our job. This book will serve as a reference when I'm having a tough time organizing myself and focusing on the work. I especially appreciated the advice and process of other authors which was included in this reference book. Thank you to Netgalley, and the author and publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Pyles

    WRITE SMART, WRITE HAPPY by Cheryl St. John is a fun and informative craft book on the writing life. There are all kinds of info chunks for the starting out writer and there are even a few tidbits for the longtime professional. The obvious emphasis is that writers should attempt to maintain a positive outlook because it impacts one's writing. This is the crux of the main argument that St. John lays out and maintains over the course of almost 300 pages. There isn't much here for an experienced wr WRITE SMART, WRITE HAPPY by Cheryl St. John is a fun and informative craft book on the writing life. There are all kinds of info chunks for the starting out writer and there are even a few tidbits for the longtime professional. The obvious emphasis is that writers should attempt to maintain a positive outlook because it impacts one's writing. This is the crux of the main argument that St. John lays out and maintains over the course of almost 300 pages. There isn't much here for an experienced writer, given that after you've read a few craft books, they all begin to say the same thing. The benefit with WRITE SMART, WRITE HAPPY is we have a writer who attempts to approach it from a more lay person's perspective and is sure to break some of the more foundational stigmas that can exist in the writer's world. Commandments such as "Write every day" St. John retorts back, "You do NOT need to write every day." Not every writer works that way and that is okay. The appreciation that some maximums are not universal is always appreciated, especially when every writer's career is not the same. WRITE SMART, WRITE HAPPY is the perfect book for a budding writer and helpful to the most experienced writer who needs a shot of positivity. I received this ARC via NetGalley.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisbeth Mizula

    This book will free the story in your heart, don't keep it locked away. The world always needs more good storytellers. I especially recommend Write Smart, Write Happy, to those of us who have never believed in ourselves enough to say the words, Yes, I am a writer. This book will free the story in your heart, don't keep it locked away. The world always needs more good storytellers. I especially recommend Write Smart, Write Happy, to those of us who have never believed in ourselves enough to say the words, Yes, I am a writer.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher Vanquish Your Writing Doubts & Obstacles Writing is a vulnerable occupation; it is both personal and intimate. The act of writing, cycles of revision, and the confusing publishing industry can shatter a writer's confidence, leaving you feeling like an imposter, overcome with rejection. Survival--and success--requires commitment, honesty, courage, resilience, sacrifice, and mil I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher Vanquish Your Writing Doubts & Obstacles Writing is a vulnerable occupation; it is both personal and intimate. The act of writing, cycles of revision, and the confusing publishing industry can shatter a writer's confidence, leaving you feeling like an imposter, overcome with rejection. Survival--and success--requires commitment, honesty, courage, resilience, sacrifice, and miles and miles of heart. You have everything you need as a writer--it lies within, in the form of consistency and self-confidence. With Write Smart, Write Happy, best-selling author Cheryl St. John will help you unlock your skills, guiding you to overcome every hesitation, obstacle, form of writer's block, and procrastination habit you have. Within these pages, you'll learn to: Organize your writing life by using a planner, scheduling your yearly goals, and acknowledging career plans.Sharpen your saw by recharging your creativity, developing positive motivation, and creating healthy writing habits.Affirm your beliefs by overcoming self-doubt, learning to use affirmations, and altering your thinking.Conquer remaining fears by releasing tendencies towards perfectionism and establishing strategies for habitual success.Written with a no-nonsense attitude, St. John's "advice from the trenches" will help you take an introspective look at your own writing habits and life. Through examples and inspiration from writers who struggled with--and overcame--rejection and reservations, discover the path towards writing smarter and happier today. I write this review with a smile on my face as it was writing book reviews that finally got me back into writing on a creative level. St John's recommendations and helpful hints will get any would-be writer in the mood to write and be productive - even novices. The steps she presents and works through are brilliant --- it will get you to stop procrastinating and on the road to writing whatever it is that you want to put on paper. GREAT BOOK!!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christi

    Talk about an incredible resource! This book is a wealth of information for those that want to get serious about their writing and being published. Ms. St. John goes into great detail about every aspect of writing imaginable, from the importance of continuing to have a social life and tips on getting organized, to the importance of self-discipline, making your writing time a priority, and even tips on creating a writing space. The author's honesty about her own personal journey as a writer is re Talk about an incredible resource! This book is a wealth of information for those that want to get serious about their writing and being published. Ms. St. John goes into great detail about every aspect of writing imaginable, from the importance of continuing to have a social life and tips on getting organized, to the importance of self-discipline, making your writing time a priority, and even tips on creating a writing space. The author's honesty about her own personal journey as a writer is refreshing and is beautifully intermingled with practical tips that you can put into practice immediately. So many believe that a writer's life is glamorous but Ms. St. John sets the record straight, outlining the many steps it takes to be published, as well as dealing with bad reviews, ugly rejections, and the personal sacrifices that you have to make to see your dream realized. The author does not sugar coat anything, but lays everything out there in black and white, leaving you with no questions about what it takes to be a successful writer. I tried to read this book straight through but I kept stopping to jot down notes and highlight, so I finally gave up and just skimmed it. This will be a resource that I will be coming back to more and more as I get more serious about my writing. After skimming this book I actually pulled out a manuscript that I've been working on for a few years and started working on it again. I am now more motivated than ever to one day be published, and with Write Smart, Write Happy I have an incredible tool to help me get focused, and do it the right way. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    There are a lot of writing books out there, for every possible type of, approach to, and interpretation of writing. St. John is a romance author, and while she doesn't actually mention that within this book, I think it's discernible through the style of her advice. I've noticed that romance authors tend to approach writing as a job, a craft like any other – potentially explained by the fact that it's a genre where it's not uncommon for authors to put out three books a year, unlike literary ficti There are a lot of writing books out there, for every possible type of, approach to, and interpretation of writing. St. John is a romance author, and while she doesn't actually mention that within this book, I think it's discernible through the style of her advice. I've noticed that romance authors tend to approach writing as a job, a craft like any other – potentially explained by the fact that it's a genre where it's not uncommon for authors to put out three books a year, unlike literary fiction, in which famous authors who publish once a decade (or less!) are easy to find. It's an approach I personally find very appealing, while books on writing with a more mystical or therapeutic bent put me off. Nothing wrong with either method, but Write Smart, Write Happy is very much not Bird by Bird or Writing Down the Bones; it's a more practical, businesslike, unsentimental take on writing. Basically, Write Smart, Write Happy is for you if you're interested in a writing book that's more about getting the words on the page and meeting deadlines and less about writing from the heart or finding your personal muse of inspiration. Which is not say it's a perfect book. I was hoping for lots of specific tips, and there was a bit too much pep-talk/self-help esque advice about believing in yourself and not giving up than I personally would have preferred. Nonetheless there was good advice in here, enough for me to take notes and end up with some new things to try. Overall Write Smart, Write Happy is a quick, easy read with some helpful information, particularly on planning, time management, and setting goals. I read this as an ARC via NetGalley.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This book spoke to my heart! Seriously. When I first read the blurb for this book, I wasn't sure if it was the type of writing advice book I normally enjoy, but seeing as how I'm trying to force myself to stay on task this year, I decided to give Cheryl's ideas a try. I had this book on my Kindle for a couple of weeks before I opened it up. I was in the middle of a writing slump and the ideas in all my creative venues just sort of fizzled short and sputtered out. Nothing worked, so I started rea This book spoke to my heart! Seriously. When I first read the blurb for this book, I wasn't sure if it was the type of writing advice book I normally enjoy, but seeing as how I'm trying to force myself to stay on task this year, I decided to give Cheryl's ideas a try. I had this book on my Kindle for a couple of weeks before I opened it up. I was in the middle of a writing slump and the ideas in all my creative venues just sort of fizzled short and sputtered out. Nothing worked, so I started reading, figuring something should spark. Wow. So, I'm not normally a planner for anything, and certainly not writing goals. One of the primary exercises in this book is to do just that: set realistic goals, but also to not beat yourself up if you fall short. Cheryl's primary message is that your attitude affects your writing and productivity and I find this such a wonderful concept to keep in mind. I found this book wonderfully written and an invaluable resource these past few weeks as I worked toward a deadline. This is a book for writers at any level or their craft. Cheryl's insight into the life and craft are amazing and fairly accurate across the board for the writers I know personally. This is a great resource for any writer to add to their collection. **I received a free copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Lyn

    Cheryl St. John is the author of: Write Smart Write Happy, How to Become a More Productive, Resilient, and Successful Writer Cheryl St. John’s book title intrigued me. And when my writing accountability partner recommended it, I bought it—sure glad I did. Cheryl’s journey as a published award-winning author of over fifty novels coaches writers, like me, with her compassionate, straightforward and encouraging advice throughout Write Smart Write Happy. This book has had a significant influence on Cheryl St. John is the author of: Write Smart Write Happy, How to Become a More Productive, Resilient, and Successful Writer Cheryl St. John’s book title intrigued me. And when my writing accountability partner recommended it, I bought it—sure glad I did. Cheryl’s journey as a published award-winning author of over fifty novels coaches writers, like me, with her compassionate, straightforward and encouraging advice throughout Write Smart Write Happy. This book has had a significant influence on my writing outlook. I kept a notebook to record the volume of important points that stood out to me in each chapter. I particularly enjoyed nurturing a positive outlook for my writing journey, counting all the good things, creating a routine, and defining action steps to improve my writer’s self-confidence. The Goal of the book is to impress writers with the importance of creating a productive writing practice that survives the vulnerability encased within writing. This book addresses career-planning goals, motivation, overcoming hurdles within, holding onto who you are, conquering fear and managing priorities. I whole-heartedly recommend this book. It’s candid, it’s comprehensive, and it will motivate you no matter where you are in the writers' journey. Thank you Cheryl St. John much appreciated!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    I've been going through a bit of writer's block, so I was pleased to have the chance to review an ARC of this book from NetGalley. First, the bad news: this is not a toolkit for inspiration. St John does not give you prompts to help you shake off the dust, nor does she give you particular exercises to hone your craft. She also glossed over the whole agenting process, which I found a bit surprising since she focused so much on the ins and outs of a professional writer's life (editing, promotion, I've been going through a bit of writer's block, so I was pleased to have the chance to review an ARC of this book from NetGalley. First, the bad news: this is not a toolkit for inspiration. St John does not give you prompts to help you shake off the dust, nor does she give you particular exercises to hone your craft. She also glossed over the whole agenting process, which I found a bit surprising since she focused so much on the ins and outs of a professional writer's life (editing, promotion, social media, etc.). However, these were my expectations, not what the book promised to be, so I don't hold any of that against her. What this book is about is eliminating excuses in favor of setting a plan to write. She's pragmatic about what works for her as well as resources she uses to stay sharp in her writing. I didn't walk away inspired to start something fresh, but I respect her sharing what works for her.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Camille

    What I found interesting with this book is that it is a book about writing, yet it isn't. It is more a lifestyle book combined with a writing book. It is full of information on writing and publishing, so here, as with most other books on writing, there isn't that much information that is new to me. What makes the book unique is the way the information is delivered. It is very upbeat and positive, without sugar-coating the reality of a writer's life. You can't help but feel good after reading it. What I found interesting with this book is that it is a book about writing, yet it isn't. It is more a lifestyle book combined with a writing book. It is full of information on writing and publishing, so here, as with most other books on writing, there isn't that much information that is new to me. What makes the book unique is the way the information is delivered. It is very upbeat and positive, without sugar-coating the reality of a writer's life. You can't help but feel good after reading it. And even though the book is about writing, you could actually transfer most of what St. John says to other aspects of your life and improve on them. I've read quite a few books on the craft, and I have to say "Write Smart, Write Happy" is definitely among my favourites. Disclaimer - I received a free digital copy of this book courtesy of F+W Media/Writer's Digest Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly K

    Thank you to NetGalley, Cheryl St. John, F+W Media and Writer's Digest Books for allowing me to read and review Write Smart, Write Happy. Writers: BUY THIS BOOK. It is a fantastic resource! This book will motivate you. It will make you realize that you procrastinate and make excuses for not writing - and it will give you ideas to help overcome those behaviours. It will teach you to believe in yourself, get over yourself, and push yourself. It's full of tips from published writers. You'll learn ab Thank you to NetGalley, Cheryl St. John, F+W Media and Writer's Digest Books for allowing me to read and review Write Smart, Write Happy. Writers: BUY THIS BOOK. It is a fantastic resource! This book will motivate you. It will make you realize that you procrastinate and make excuses for not writing - and it will give you ideas to help overcome those behaviours. It will teach you to believe in yourself, get over yourself, and push yourself. It's full of tips from published writers. You'll learn about publishing, editing, social media, and networking. You'll screenshot or bookmark or highlight as you read because it's full of quotes and lists and resources. There's even a list of fantastic music to play while you write! Fabulous. 5/5!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brittney Kristina

    Reading this book was like getting slapped in the face repeatedly by a soft teddy bear. (It’s late, so my metaphors are a little odd, I apologize.) I felt like I was in a bootcamp being called out, but in a NICE way. This book did encourage me to dive back into writing, but has also terrified me of actually traditionally publishing. It contained a little too much info as well as repeated and inconsistent tips. The main tip of this book: write every day, but not every day if you can’t every day, Reading this book was like getting slapped in the face repeatedly by a soft teddy bear. (It’s late, so my metaphors are a little odd, I apologize.) I felt like I was in a bootcamp being called out, but in a NICE way. This book did encourage me to dive back into writing, but has also terrified me of actually traditionally publishing. It contained a little too much info as well as repeated and inconsistent tips. The main tip of this book: write every day, but not every day if you can’t every day, and make time for writing while maintaining a positive outlook and OH—being an author is a tricky business not made for everyone. I enjoyed it, but it could have been trimmed down and a bit nicer to newbies writing their first book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Luce

    Cheryl St. John has over 20 novels to her credit. She knows what she's talking about. Her writing style is straightforward and easy to follow. This book has a lot of tips and ideas to keep newbies, middlebies, and experienced authors motivated. I have a novel and a few short stories I've been tinkering with for a while. Happy to say the Write Smart, Write Happy book has given me some new goals and methods to achieve them. Great book. I will refer back to it often. Highly recommend. Cheryl St. John has over 20 novels to her credit. She knows what she's talking about. Her writing style is straightforward and easy to follow. This book has a lot of tips and ideas to keep newbies, middlebies, and experienced authors motivated. I have a novel and a few short stories I've been tinkering with for a while. Happy to say the Write Smart, Write Happy book has given me some new goals and methods to achieve them. Great book. I will refer back to it often. Highly recommend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    S.M.

    Sometimes books come into our lives when we need them most, and this was truly the case when I picked up "Write Smart, Write Happy." Its advice has already led to a much more productive 2019 for me as I'm creating more manageable/realistic goals while being more forgiving toward myself when I don't meet my own expectations. Definitely recommend for writers who are experiencing burnout or have continually found themselves unable to meet goals they have set. Sometimes books come into our lives when we need them most, and this was truly the case when I picked up "Write Smart, Write Happy." Its advice has already led to a much more productive 2019 for me as I'm creating more manageable/realistic goals while being more forgiving toward myself when I don't meet my own expectations. Definitely recommend for writers who are experiencing burnout or have continually found themselves unable to meet goals they have set.

  21. 5 out of 5

    KT

    As an aspiring writer who has issues with self-doubt and procrastination, I found this book helpful and gave me the kick I needed. The author covers lots of information on how to apply positivity into your writing routine, be organised and publishing. She gives examples of her own experiences and quotes from others.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mbgale

    Writing is hard work and so is finding a publisher. The author doesn't mince words on how hard you need to work on your writing to get your book published. She suggests ways to motivate yourself and gives practical tips on making goals and following through, as well as handling fans (if only) as well as trolls. She even makes suggestions about book signings. Writing is hard work and so is finding a publisher. The author doesn't mince words on how hard you need to work on your writing to get your book published. She suggests ways to motivate yourself and gives practical tips on making goals and following through, as well as handling fans (if only) as well as trolls. She even makes suggestions about book signings.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    If you are struggling to get started with a writing project, or you need strategies to keep going with one, I recommend this resource. St. John's voice is reassuring and confident, a successful author in her own right. Each chapter is brief and gives you concrete ideas for a successful writing life. If you are struggling to get started with a writing project, or you need strategies to keep going with one, I recommend this resource. St. John's voice is reassuring and confident, a successful author in her own right. Each chapter is brief and gives you concrete ideas for a successful writing life.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gill

    This book is an interesting take on motivation and success. The advice given here is something that could be applied to many aspects of life, but the application towards writing emphasises the importance of goal setting, and a professional attitude. A useful addition to a writer's library. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy ARC of this book This book is an interesting take on motivation and success. The advice given here is something that could be applied to many aspects of life, but the application towards writing emphasises the importance of goal setting, and a professional attitude. A useful addition to a writer's library. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy ARC of this book

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Marie

    Very motivational. She tackles a lot of issues, offers advice on different ways to tackle them, and also inspires you to keep writing. Only reason it's not a five star read for me is the amount of space dedicated to social media and how much of the book leaned toward experienced and published writers with an audience. Very motivational. She tackles a lot of issues, offers advice on different ways to tackle them, and also inspires you to keep writing. Only reason it's not a five star read for me is the amount of space dedicated to social media and how much of the book leaned toward experienced and published writers with an audience.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Picked it up to help motivate me to get back on track with my writing. Lots of practical advice on the 'work' of writing and how to hold yourself accountable without beating yourself up. Enjoyed it. Have pages of notes and ideas to put into play. Picked it up to help motivate me to get back on track with my writing. Lots of practical advice on the 'work' of writing and how to hold yourself accountable without beating yourself up. Enjoyed it. Have pages of notes and ideas to put into play.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Bellhouse

    Pertinent and helpful advice from an experienced writer (St John is the author of over fifty books). Encouraging and full of information and expertise. At the same time, she demolishes all the pathetic excuses we make about not having enough time, self-doubts etc. Worth reading

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Vought

    I enjoyed this book. It was highly motivating and just what I needed to read. I loved the positiveness and everything this Author wrote to help those become more successful and motivate us to write daily. Highly recommend. *Recv'd copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* I enjoyed this book. It was highly motivating and just what I needed to read. I loved the positiveness and everything this Author wrote to help those become more successful and motivate us to write daily. Highly recommend. *Recv'd copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan King

    This book could have benefited from some better organization—sometimes it rambles, and sometimes things are stuck in weird places or in sections where they don’t quite fit—but the content is valuable enough to make it worth the read. It’s exactly what I needed for this stage in my writing journey.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alice V.

    Good overview of how to become a fiction writer. I had hoped for more about non-fiction, but I didn’t come into it knowing much about the author so it makes sense that her expertise is in fiction. Really good inspirational tidbits that I’ll definitely take away.

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