Thursday, June 24, 2010

Who Is the Boss?

WORK is necessary for a writer to become successful.

No DUH!

But have you ever heard this before:


writers hate to write,

but love to have written?


I’m not saying this applies to you or me, but there are some writers for whom this does apply. They are writers who struggle with being their own boss. They let every little distraction take them away from their work. You’ve heard the excuses: the house is dirty, weeds are in the garden, kids need my attention, husband keeps interrupting, I just don’t have time to write, and on and on it goes. Some of these are good excuses. I've used them myself, so I understand. Really I do!




But what some writers forget is...

they are the boss of their writing careers.

It is up to them to set the pace. 

It is up to them to get the product finished. 

And it is up to them to see their dreams come true…or not.


Are you going to dream about being a writer?

Or are you going to work at becoming an author?

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?