I want to share another excerpt from my book, Polish and Publish. It’s about whether or not you have the temperament—and interests—to be a writer.
How many times have you heard someone say, “I’ve always wanted to write?” Maybe you’ve said it yourself. An estimated 80 million Americans want to write a book. But how many actually write anything, let alone a book?
Creative writers must believe in themselves and their dreams. They must be persistent and able to accept rejection and send their work on to the next publisher on their list.
They have to be observant—notice what’s said and happening around them, and be interested in how and why thing happen as they do.
Creative writers have a need to express their ideas and personal point of view. They love words and appreciate the power of language.
They are able to envision an appropriate audience and write for it.
And they develop their writing skills.
Many people believe that since nearly everyone has written a variety of things in their lives, it’s easy to write. It might be, but it isn’t easy to write well, unless you are armed with the right tools and approach.