You’ve probably heard people say, “I’ve always wanted to write,” as often as I have. Gets old, doesn’t it? 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? For most people, being a writer is just a vague dream.
Real creative writers believe in themselves and their dreams. They read, especially works by authors in their genre. I’ve finished some books and, without leaving my seat, begun reading the book again from page 1, not only to enjoy the book again, but to examine how the author pulled it off.
Real writers take courses and participate in critique groups to improve their craft. It might be easy to write, but it’s not easy to write well, unless you are armed with the right attitude and tools.
Real writers are disciplined—able to force themselves to write, even when the muse is nowhere in the vicinity. They’re willing to write and rewrite, organize and reorganize that recalcitrant manuscript. They’re determined not to expose it to the public until it’s truly powerful. (See Please Don’t Submit your Writing Yet—Please!)
Those who are serious about writing are profoundly observant, noticing what’s said and happening around them. They’re interested in how and why things happen as they do. They struggle to confer meaning on the mystery and chaos of existence.
Creative writers have a need to express their ideas and unique perspective. They love words and appreciate the power of language. They’re able to envision an appropriate audience and write for it.
Finally, real writers write. They don’t just talk about it.
- Studying the writing of authors in your genre?
- Relentlessly working make your writing sparkle?
- Observant and curious?
- In love with words?
If so, you’ve got a good chance of becoming a bona fide writer, not just someone who fantasizes about it.
Are you a real writer? If not, here’s How to Become a Writer.