Author name: Bryan Collins
Genre: Creativity, Productivity, Non-fiction
Books: A Handbook for the Productive Writer; The Power of Creativity
Bio: When I was six years of age, I read The BFG by Roald Dahl. I was enthralled by the idea of a Big Friendly Giant who collects the dreams of children.
Dahl was a creative God to me, so I decided I wanted to become a writer. I did all the things I was supposed to do. I went to school and then college and later, I got a job as a journalist. There was just one problem. I wasn’t a very good journalist. I didn’t have the nose for news that journalists need and, although I enjoyed writing, I couldn’t give my editors what they wanted. I missed my deadlines, and my news stories were inconsequential. Journalism cast me out. The recession didn’t help.
I drifted in and out of other jobs (I once even plucked chickens). Then, I discovered today’s writers spend time building relationships online and self-publishing.
So, I started a free email course, Become a Writer Today to help writers launch their careers and become more creative and productive.
Favorite thing about being a writer: That you can take an idea, shape it, tell stories about it and (hopefully) help other readers with your work.
Biggest challenge as an indie author: Balancing finding the right readers and then finding enough time to write is always a challenge. Also much great writing involves being unremittingly honest and not holding back from painful truths while writing. Doing this is always a challenge because it takes more work.
Favorite book: There are so many to pick from and really depends on what I’m reading right now, but in no particular order I recommend:
The Journals by John Cheever, Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life by Twyla Tharp, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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