Shawn Smucker

Building a Life Out of Words

Building a Life Out of Words by Shawn Smucker
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nonfiction Biographies, Religion
For readers of:Anne Lamott, Madeleine L'Engle, Henri Nouwen
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About the Book

There are times when life doesn’t turn out as you expected. Then there are times when life punches you in the gut, takes your wallet, and leaves you hanging upside down by your toenails.

2009 was one of those times for me (the gut-punching kind). My construction business faltered after the housing bubble burst, and my wife and I found ourselves in $50,000 worth of debt. Then came the toughest decision of our young lives: we left the community we loved and moved into my parents' basement in search of a simpler life.

Part of the change included laying aside my aspirations for wealth and taking up the vocation of my dreams: I would try to make money writing full time. This is the story of my first year doing exactly that.

I would try to build a life out of words.

Also included in the book are nine essays from folks who make money writing – they share unique tips on how to find writing work and how to improve your craft. Contributors include Andi Cumbo, Bryan Allain, Ed Cyzewski, Jason Boyett, Jeff Goins, Jennifer Luitwieler, Ken Mueller, Kristin Tennant, and Stacy Barton.

About the Author

Shawn Smucker is the author of the novel, The Day the Angels Fell, along with numerous non-fiction books including Building a Life Out of Words, How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp, and Refuse to Drown. He lives with his wife and five children in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can find him online at shawnsmucker.com.

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