Wednesday, June 9, 2010

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A WRITER?


The only person who can answer that is YOU! But before you answer let’s go over a few things. You don’t want to make a snap decision.
To be a writer you must feel! Wait a minute…that was too easy. Everyone has feelings. But can everyone infuse their characters with emotion? Stories are made up of characters full of bubbling emotion that reaches out and draws readers into their world. You as the writer must feel to infuse your characters with emotion. To be successful you have to be excited about writing.

Sometimes it is dog-gone hard to be excited about writing because writing is not for sissies. Nope! There are going to be days of rejections, days when you feel as though your writer’s group stabbed your story to death, and days of bad reviews. But hang on because if you have a passion for writing that will see you through tough days. And look at it this way, you’re feeling and this is good for your writing. Bottle up all those emotions and apply them to your characters. Though, don’t forget to be honest.

What do I mean by that? Don’t fake emotions. Let your inner-self show in your writing. Your readers can spot a fake a mile away. Simply put, don’t write what you don’t believe. Be yourself.

In the same vein, you may idolize Mary Higgins Clark, but you can’t write like her. You might be able to pull it off for a little while, but the true writer will come through and the fraud will be discovered. Only Mary can write like Mary. Only you can write your story. But you’ve got to want it badly enough to hone your craft.

To hone your craft you’ve got to WRITE!!! EVERY DAY!!!

So in a nutshell if you can feel, be excited, be honest, and hone your craft you just might have what it take to be a writer.

I’m sure there’s something I’ve missed. What would you add to this list?

10 comments:

  1. Kathi you are right, writing is not for sissies

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  2. nice to know you, and glad to find such a good artical!.........................

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  3. You hit it. THis is not for sissies and if you can survive through rejections by your passion pushing you through then you have what it takes (along with the emotion.) :)
    Great post!

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    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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  5. Great post. So very true. Thanks for coming by my blog and following. I'm over here following you, too. :)

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  6. I think you nailed it when you said just be yourself when you are a writer. You can be the best writer you can be by being genuine. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  7. Well said!

    Yesterday I noticed on facebook that a friend of my husband's had just finished a novel. I was impressed until he said he was looking into how to get it published and that he only had 35 pages written! There is certainly a learning curve not all people get. Or at least stick it out to get.

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  8. It's so right. To be a writer you have to write. Not for sissies, no..thanks for following my blog. Hey, I am your 100th follower. Lovely..:)

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