Anne Peterson

Healing words for wounded souls.

3 Reasons You Should NOT Join TribeWriters

Tribe Writers

I heard Tribe Writers is starting up again. It’s an online course by Jeff Goins that promises to give you skills for writing that will move you forward.

And while that may be true, I’m here to tell you three reasons you should NOT become a Tribe Writer.

1) It’s scary

Now hear me out on this one. Do you know Jeff expects people to not only write things that are inside of them, but to also share them? I am not kidding.

It’s one thing to write in a journal. Many of us have spiral notebooks stashed away in corners of our home, but to open ourselves up before people? WHAT?

If you open up, you might discover others share the same feelings. That you’re not that unique. You might even free others up to share their feelings because you took a risk.

But that’s not your responsibility. No. Better to just leave your feelings stuffed inside, nice and cozy. It’s more exciting that way, not knowing when they’ll burst out of you.

2) You will be part of a community

Now this is really important. Why would we want to know more people when we have at least 1207  friends on Facebook already? Not to mention our 1032 followers on Twitter. People who follow us even though we’re not going anywhere.

And with Facebook friends, we only show them what we want to show them and they LIKE us. Some of them even LOVE our posts. We get to lol all over the place. And if there is a problem in our friendship, well, we can unfriend them. Now that’s community we can feel good about.

Although Jeff didn’t realize how important the Tribe Writers community would become, he’s gone too far.

Why would I want to interact with those who might encourage me? And why on earth would I want honest feedback? That might hurt. Sure, it might help me grow in my writing, but did you hear me when I said, it might hurt? I do not gravitate toward things that might hurt.

And as far as fans. I’ve got family members that forever tell me how good my writing is, and they don’t know why I haven’t been discovered yet. Family matters.

And let’s not forget my friends. So what, they sometimes change the subject when I talk about another writing project. While it’s true they don’t return my umpteen text messages, they COULD be in the bathroom, you don’t know.

3) You can get published

Okay this is the real biggie. If you take this course, you just may get your story out there. The one that’s burning inside of you.

You may get the tools you need and the confidence you lack. Then one day when you go on Amazon, your book is there, a reality.

And not only is it there, but it’s rising up the ranking. People are buying it, people are reading it. And dare I say, people are liking it. Real people who don’t share your name.

But, who needs to be published, anyway? I mean then you might get a big head. You might even think you have more inside of you to share. And you might actually start feeling good about yourself. That would be a change.

But who needs change?

Status quo is comfortable. Change is hard. And you’ve fought it this long. Just hang on.

It’s better to just keep talking and dreaming about writing. Setting goals you might not reach? That’s just crazy talk.

Hopefully by now I’ve convinced you why you should NOT become a Tribe Writer.

Still, I think it’s only fair to disclose that I am a Tribe Writer. In fact, I am a Tribe Writer pioneer, I joined the first group Jeff Goins started. He has even started different groups, like My 500 Words. And Intentional Blog, Yes, I’m part of those too.

I’ve learned I can do scary things.

And yes, I did become part of a community which helped me grow in my writing and as a person. People I’m proud to call my friends.

And finally, I am published. Ten books are out there with my name on them, since joining Tribe Writers. One that was really hard to write, called Broken. And three children’s books you can see here, here and here.

I’ve even written and published a couple poetry books. One is a grief poetry book called Droplets, and I’ve written a series called, He Whispers.

The decision is yours

For me, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

In case you feel like checking out Tribe Writers, click HERE. (You need to know it’s an affiliate link.)

Maybe you’d like to hear an interview I did with Jeff Goins.

One thing you need to realize is that you are unique. No one can tell your story because no one has lived it but you. The world needs to hear what you have to say.

Either way, I wanted to share my story. I’ve been doing that a lot lately.

About Anne Peterson

I write words you can feel, sometimes they rhyme. If I'm not writing, I'm telling stories from my head, to little ones who call me grandma.

24 Replies

  1. katinavaselopulos

    Great post, Anne!
    You began with negative and led to positive. Smart!
    Two sides of the same coin!
    Blessings my friend!

    1. Yes, the trick was to make it seem like I was totally negative. Thanks for reading, Katina, and for your comment.

    2. sdaydapo

      Fun read! Thanks for convincing me TO JOIN! “Everything’s DAPO!” It’s in God’s Divine And Perfect Order! Come visit me if you’d like http://www.dapo.me

  2. Awesome! Makes me want to sign up!
    Wait. I’m already a TribeWriter.
    Focus. Focus. Focus.

    1. Thanks for reading Faye. I see you have some humor in you as well.

  3. Where does one go to sign up?

  4. Claire,
    I was just on your site reading one of your blogs. Love your writing. For Tribe Writers just click on the line where I said to check out more click HERE. Maybe I should make that more clear??

  5. Thank you, Anne, for the comment about my blog post and the information about TribeWriters. I have long been interested in finding a writing group.

    1. Claire, You’re welcome. I changed the wording in the post. Hopefully, it will be more clear. I really do like your writing, Claire. You have a warmth to it.

  6. Eva P. Scott

    Oh, and another reason to NOT sign up is you might share your story in someone else’s book :^). My book is on Amazon, or will be in a few hours. Your story is in it. Ha!

    Tribe Writers do that sort of thing, promote each other’s work.

    1. Eva,
      Glad you got your book on Amazon! Congratulations. And yes, TribeWriters do promote each other’s work. Thanks for coming over and reading.

    2. My wife and I have been very blessed in our lives. We have also lived tgrouhh very tight times ( I. E., blood donations.) We have always felt the love if others. Many times, we picked up the bill for another at a resturant. Other times we paid for another’s groceries. Another time we put together a baby shower for a lady we never met who left an abusive home. Instead of money, we gave a man in the rain a sleeping bag, a coat, and accessories along with a gift card for a meal at Denny’s. When my wife ad I ran into financial issues, we were blessed by people who remained anonymous with a $500 gift card twice. We always asked why. We had a very hard time accepting. Why us? LovePay it forward It will come back when needed

  7. Your title insisted I take a minute today. Thanks for the encouragement Anne!

    1. Glad you read it, Marcy. Thanks for taking the time, and for your comment as well.

  8. Anne, this was so clever! I just did the Intentional Blogging Challenge and love the group and the Faith Alumni group offshoot from that. Found some tribe homeschool fans who are reviewing my new book. Launch party on Monday evening. Let me know if you can come and I’ll send the event link.

    1. Kathryn,

      Thanks for reading and for your encouragement regarding my post.
      What Faith Alumni from the Intentional Blogging group? Or did I misunderstand you?

      Not sure if I can attend your launch party, Kathryn, but I will share when you start advertising about your book.

  9. Roy

    Very clever, Anne. Probably the best pitch I’ve read. Congratulations on your success!

    1. Roy,
      Thanks for reading and for your comment. Best pitch? Wow, that makes me feel good.
      But will it result in people signing up? We’ll see.
      I appreciate you taking time to leave a comment.

  10. Awesome post, Ann! I’m a new TW member and you’ve inspired me more. Great psychology in your writing. Keep up the great work you’re doing!

    1. Judy,

      How encouraging to know I’ve inspired someone. That always touches my heart.
      Love that you noticed my second love, psychology. I look forward to interacting with you.

  11. Great writing, Ann! I just signed up for TW and I’m encouraged by your success. Sounds like great psychology in content and technique. You go girl and keep up the great work you’re doing.

    1. Judy,

      Thanks so much for reading and for your encouraging comment.
      Did you sign up because you read my post? Just curious.

  12. Love your post. I wish I could join TribeWriters this session. I’ll have to save up for the next one!

    1. Lexi,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. I hope some day you do get to sign up for Tribe Writers.
      It truly was one of the best decisions I’ve made.

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