Hi. My name’s Jeff, and I’m a writer.
I love compelling stories, worthy causes, and Pez candy. I’ve been writing for most of my life, but only recently started calling myself a writer and actually believing it.
I started this blog in 2010 with some burning questions:
- How do successful writers make a living?
- What does it really take to get published?
- When is it okay to pursue a passion?
- Why do writers write?
What I found in this search was a community of like-minded individuals sharing many of the same struggles.
Here is where we wage war on the blank page, where we band together to find purpose in our art and lives.
If you have a passion for creativity and changing the world, this blog is for you.
I usually post four to five times per week and always try to serve my readers. If you don’t want to miss a thing, sign up for free updates by entering your email below (I’ll send you a complimentary eBook when you confirm):
What others are saying
People are talking about me. Some of it is actually good.
Jeff’s writing is creative, heartfelt, engaging and effective — as a result he has a standing invitation to post on ProBlogger and his blog is high up in my personal RSS reader. Subscribe, follow and befriend him today. You won’t be disappointed.
—Darren Rowse // Founder, Problogger.net
Jeff Goins has become one of my favorite bloggers.
—Michael Hyatt // Chairman, Thomas Nelson
I read Goins, Writer every day. Usually first.
—Sarah Mae // Blogger, SarahMae.com
Jeff doesn’t build his audience from hype. He writes from the heart, and it bleeds over the screen. I’m loving how he’s able to include his personality into articles that help my own journey. That’s hard to do.
—Martyn Chamberlin // Founder, TwoHourBlogger.com
Jeff has a unique way of writing that allows for thoughts to come together and make sense on various levels. He is a gifted communicator, writer, and creative force. The conversations that he creates will challenge, equip, and enhance your life.
—Stephen Brewster // Creative Arts Pastor, CrossPoint Church
Great copy connects at an emotional level, and Jeff writes from the heart (with his brain squarely focused on your bottom line).
—Brian Clark // CEO, Copyblogger Media
There are few blogs I read consistently but Jeff’s is one of them. I pick up new ideas with each post. These ideas add up to big changes in my writing and in my business.
—John Morgan // Author & Marketing Consultant
Jeff’s blog is a bastion of great, realistic, helpful writer advice for those longing to pursue their dream of publication. He communicates what he’s learned on his journey with clarity. I highly recommend his site.
—Mary DeMuth // WriteUncaged.com
My 4-year old just saw a picture of Jeff Goins and said, ‘Hey, isn’t that Luke Skywalker?!’
—Some dude on Twitter
My favorite blog posts
Here are some of the most popular articles on this blog (you may want to get started by reading these first):
- Stop Waiting to Be Picked
- Get More Followers By Breaking the Rules
- Twitter Tips for Beginners
- Stop Using the Word “Retard”
- 7 Tips for Effective Writing
- How to Write Like a Pro And Stop Sounding Stupid
- How to Stay Focused Writing
- The Discipline of Blogging
- Every Writer’s Dream
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Who Is Jeff Goins?
Originally from Chicago, I moved to Nashville after graduating from college and spending a year traveling with a band.
In college, I studied Spanish and Religion and spent part of my Junior year in Spain, which unlocked a passion for travel, humanitarianism, and other cultures.
But even with a restless heart, I’ve found a home. After a year of letter-writing and long-distance phone calls, I moved to Tennessee to “see about a girl.” In 2008, I married her.
I live with my wife Ashley, our son Aiden, and our dog Lyric just outside of Nashville. During the day, I’m the Communications Director for Adventures in Missions, a nonprofit organization. In my free time, I write books and try to take over the Internet.
I’ve written and guest-blogged for a lot of magazines, publications, and blogs. To find out more about my writing, check out my portfolio.
I’m also a speaker, creative coach, and consultant. If you’re interested in having me come speak, check out my speaking page.
Connect with me
This blog is my home base. If you want to get an immediate response, you can email me at jeff(at)goinswriter(dot)com. But you can also find me on the following social networks (in order of how much I use them):
This is my personal blog. Any opinions expressed here do not represent my employer or anyone else I work with. If you want to use an excerpt of my content, please contact me via email.
Some people have asked what I built this blog with, so here are the tools:
- Content management: Self-hosted WordPress
- Hosting: OutstandingSetup (affiliate link)
- Theme: Tribe Theme on Genesis Framework
- Header Design: Paul Martin
- Newsletter delivery service: Mailchimp
Stay in touch
I hope this blog challenges, inspires, and motivates you to do something meaningful with your life and your art. If it does, send me a note. I’d love to hear from you.
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