This is a wonderful book for writers, especially those who always compare themselves to other writers and are not certain if their ideas and books are good enough.
Hugh MacLeod believes the most important things writers have to strive for are to be authentic and work hard.
When we write from a real place in our hearts and we write consistently, the rest will take care of itself.
However, Hugh MacLeod also believes that our attitudes towards other writers have to change.
We have to become our own writer, someone who is sovereign and autonomous and not worried about what other writers think or do in their careers.
This is the key to becoming our best and doing the most writing.
Also, we should not put too much credence in outside recognition.
Instead, we should write because we really love to write and from a position of confidence in our own abilities.
So we should not aim to get published right away.
Publication should not be our most important goal.
Instead, we should work at loving what we do.
Then everything else will fall into place.
We all born creative – so we should not squelch our creativity on things that are outside our control or that depend on the business side of writing.
The creative side of writing is most important.
That is what will ensure we get up each morning and go to our desk to write.
What I love about Hugh’s book is the freedom and self-confidence that I felt after I read it.
It is a book that all writers should read, especially those who feel a bit self-conscious and lack self-confidence.
Rating: 5 stars
About the Book
Title: Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity
Author: Hugh MacLeod
Publisher: Portfolio; First Edition edition (June 11, 2009)
Available at amazon.com.
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth