StoryDam Book Club

We, at Story Dam, are starting a book club! Every month you will vote on one of three books to decide which one we will be reading and working through. Every book we choose will be on one of these subjects – writing, publishing, marketing or blogging.

Once we decide on the book, we will create a post here and in our Facebook group. You will have your choice of checking in, asking questions, letting us know where you are in the book, how the exercises are going in either the Facebook group or on the original post comments for the book and we will do the same.

Here are the three books you can vote on this month.

1. You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins

From the description on Amazon:

In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in charge.

This book is about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century. You will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

Here’s what else you will learn:

– How to transition from wanting to be a writer to actually being one
– What “good” writing is (and isn’t)
– How to stop waiting to be picked and finally choose yourself
– What it takes to build a platform
– Why authors need to brand themselves (and how to do it)
– Tips for freelancing, guest blogging, and getting published in magazines
– Different ways to network with other writers, artists, and influencers
– The importance of blogging and social media and how to use it well to find more readers and fans of your writing

You Are a Writer will help you fall back in love with writing and build an audience who shares your love. It’s about living the dream of a life dedicated to words.


2. Mapping Your Hero’s Journey with Tarot by Arwen Lynch

From Amazon description:

The Hero’s Journey is a tried-and-true method of building your story. Every memorable tale can be filtered through this method. From Star Wars to Shrek to the 3 Little Pigs, the steps are the same. This book guides you from the Ordinary World to the Return effortlessly. Because the goal here is to activate your voice and to use your imagination, there is no need to memorize anything. The Tarot is your tool because you are your own boss. Let this book give you a secret weapon disguised as 78 cards.

– No Memorization Necessary
– Your Interpretations Are The Key
– Easy-to-follow Instructions
– Tailor Your Voice

You want to get to “the end” efficiently and effectively. With so many rules, it can be hard to navigate the waters of writing. This book puts control in your hand. Rather than tell you how to write, you will be shown. By turning the esoteric art of Tarot reading into a practical tool, you can finish that book.

– Learn How Mapping The Hero’s Journey Works
– Use Tarot In A Completely New Way
– Finish Your Book


3. Between Writing and Dying  by Robert Ellis

From Amazon description:

Between Writing and Dying spans the continuum of every writer’s soul. This book defines you, schools you, and then gives you a stiff kick in the pants. If you’ve ever questioned yourself as a writer, given up on yourself, or eliminated yourself from publication for whatever reason, this book will pump you back up. And if you’re already on track, it will push you further. From the technical nuts and bolts to story development, this book will help you.

BWD shows you how to groom the genius of your creative process―the “sine qua non” of every artist―and make it your writing partner. Ellis will introduce you to your muse, your inner diva, anti-muse, your psyche, and the universal destroyers of good writing. If you don’t have a writing mentor, make this book it.

Few writers know themselves as this writer knows you. Robert Ellis is a knowledgeable mentor and experienced writer who addresses your soul with salve and gunpowder. He’ll put you on the writer’s therapist couch for analysis where you’ll develop writing muscles you never knew you had. Read this book and no longer see yourself as a marginal social loner who happens to write. You’re a writer. Be proud and productive.

Now it’s time to vote, let us know in the comments below which book you want to work with this month!

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  1. Exciting! I don’t feel like I should vote because these next 2 months are going to be pretty hectic. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to participate in the book club at first. That said, the tarot one really intrigues me! 😀

  2. All three sound amazing! You Are A Writer seems to be the best next step fit for me on my writing journey though so that’s my vote.

  3. Well now I have three new books to read!! These are all great choices! My ranked order of preference is 1. You are a writer, 2. Tarot, 3. Dying
    But, man oh man, they are all so close I’d be happy with any of them being the book of the month!

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