What does it take to be a writer? The one thing that all writers have in common is very simple: they write. But more than that, a writer writes – no matter what. It seems obvious, but it’s the ‘no matter what’ that causes all the problems.
To be a writer it helps if you have things like talent and imagination, but what you really need are things like discipline, stamina, determination, courage and a willingness to fail. Superlative time management and organisational skills wouldn’t go amiss either.
These things are important because writing is difficult and life is complicated and messy. And to make matters worse, the inside of your head is probably pretty messy too. You may have talent oozing from every finger and a powerful desire to see your words in print, but if you can’t marshal your thoughts when it matters, you’ll never achieve your…
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