On Writer John Acuff

Jon Acuff is an American author of five books including Finish, Do Over, Start, Quitter, and Stuff Christians Like. Acuff also runs the blog StuffChristiansLike.net, which has over 3 million readers. I was first introduced to John, a prior Dave Ramsey personality, from the nosebleed section at a Smart Money event. Although I wasn’t close enough to touch, it was love at first sight. His quick wit, and ability to educate through laughter was an automatic attraction. I instantly connected with his message (and purchased his book START) of FINALLY getting started on the 45-year old vision born with, but never cultivated. I don’t know what that thing is that kills the dreams of mothers once we have kids. Maybe it’s maternal instinct, but I set every goal aside after an unplanned pregnancy during my junior year of college. It was as if the death of the original dream, FBI Agent, meant no other desire in my heart was possible. I interviewed for that position at Cal State Long Beach and took the next right action of turning it down. Relocation every two years wasn’t the best life a single parent could offer her child.  Thirty years later, it still hurts a little when I consider life with different choices. While doing the right thing doesn’t always feel good, it’s definitely good for the soul. I have no regrets.

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The good news for me is that the expired vision wasn’t the one God had for me. THAT vision is always there, ready to be manifested when and IF the hosts ever decides it’s time. I’m on John’s mailing list but so focused on my own writing that I missed these words of inspiration forwarded by a friend/supporter who felt it reminded her of me. I actually enjoyed it so much I decided to share it here where I imagine there are thousands of wannabe writers, like myself, that could use a word of encouragement!

I hope you enjoy and keep on keeping on, one word at a time. In spite of life’s distraction, WE’VE GOT THIS!

 

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From the desk of Jon Acuff……………………..

The Writer’s List: How it feels to write a book.

I don’t know when the fear of writing a new one goes away, but I can tell you it’s not during your 7th.

Will it sell? Will anyone like it? Will it be written in someone else’s voice and not my own? What is my voice? How come other authors are so much better at talking about their books? Am I tweeting enough? Should I do a better job of getting people to follow me on Instagram?

Am I listening to the most creative music possible? Would it be easier if I had a better soundtrack to this moment? If your eyelid is fluttering does that mean you’ve had too much coffee?

How do I give this book my all but not make it my identity because the pressure of that will crush my creativity? Who is this book for?

Is this a first world problem, complaining about how hard writing a book is? Are people who respond to your tweet with #FirstWorldProblem and #HumbleBrag the worst people? They are.

Why do I care so much about what other people think? Should I fix that before I write another book? Is that a fixable thing or just my personality? Is that because I’m a 7 on the enneagram?

Should I go on some sort of vision quest to solve every anxiety I have before I write this book? How long will that take? Do I have to go to Myanmar to do that? Why did I have to Google that country to spell it correctly? Am I even smart enough to write a book if I can’t spell “Myanmar?”

Am I the only one who doesn’t like the taste of coconut water? How come I like when other people post photos of their face online but I’m afraid to? Do I like to pretend it’s because I’m humble but it’s really because I’m insecure? This vision quest is going to take FOREVER.

When am I going to finish this book? I don’t have time to fix every emotional issue I have before I write it. What if I just started practicing mindfulness? Mindfulness is so hot right now. Do I own the right pants for mindfulness?

That’s but a sliver of what’s going on in my head when I try to focus and write. I hope your creative process is easier, but if it’s not. Welcome to the club.

Jon

P.S. This is one of the tools I use to rein in my creative process and actually get books done.

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