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What makes a writer?

writer There are many things that I’ve heard over the years that define what a writer is. I’d never considered myself a writer because I’d never been published. That’s changed now, but so has my definition of a writer.

The defining quality of a writer isn’t being published, it’s attitude.

If you can make time to have a coffee, you can make time to write. Do it. Do it every day. Ass in seat, hands on keyboard. Don’t worry about a visit from your muse, chain that bitch down and make her work for you.

Don’t worry about quality in your first draft. Get it down. Once it’s down take the scalpel to it. Once it’s in shape, get feedback from your peers. Grow a thick skin. Rinse. Repeat.

Learn. There are lots of smart people giving you feedback. Don’t try to fix everything at once, do it one lesson at a time and make each lesson a habit.

Write what you want to write, not what you think will sell. If you aren’t passionate about your story, how are you going to make your readers feel something you don’t?

Why are you still reading? Go write something.

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