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The answer to the question I asked above may seem quite apparent. You are a writer if you’re writing words on a page. Duh! How obvious. But the question goes deeper – the meaning really is: How do I know if I’m destined to be a writer? Now, I’ve heard this question asked a lot all over the Internet, in books, in other blogs. I’ve even asked myself this question. What if I’m not supposed to be a writer? Maybe that’s why nothing I write seems to be perfect. Maybe that’s why I just never finish a manuscript!
No, no, no. Here’s the thing: Anyone can be a writer, if they just put the time into it. And, of course, nothing anyone writes is perfect. That’s why there’s editing and revising to be done at the end of the process. Even then there will still be that one awkward sentence, or those multiple awkward sentences.
Aspiring authors seem to think that those well-known authors out there today – like J.K. Rowling, Veronica Roth, Susanne Collins – that they were born knowing that they would write books. That their words effortlessly flew from their fingers like magic. That they wrote the entire book in a time span of five minutes and sent it off to the publishers.
But of course they didn’t! Writing a book, a trilogy, a series – it takes work! And most people out there don’t want to bother with that work. So those people don’t become authors. But if you want to become an author, or any well-known figure, then work is your key to success.
“It’s too much work” is the prime excuse these days. That, or too expensive, time-consuming. But no one said it would be easy! If it was, people would be writing books all the time! There would be a crappy book over-population. We’d run out of trees. Here’s the thing: if something is too much work for you to endure, then that probably means that you are not destined to do it. You still can, of course, but it won’t be as fun or worthwhile for you.
Even though I don’t believe that anyone is destined to be anything, I do have some questions that may prove that you should be a writer.
- Do you like to write? Is writing something you willingly do in your free time? Is it something you would want to have as a career?
- Does your heart ache with longing when you see an already-published book and realize that your book could be next to it some day? Do you want to publish your manuscript so bad that you would slave away each and every day to do so?
- Do you finish reading a book and feel like it lacked something? Do you wish you could change the parts you felt were wrong and rewrite them yourself? Do you automatically rewrite other people’s books in your head?
- Do you want to tell your own story? Do you want to tell the world about things that aren’t out there yet? To bring new creatures, powers, places (fictionally) into the world we know as it is today?
- Are you always coming up with stories? Do random things you see give you little bursts of inspiration? Does music trigger your creative side?
- Do you correct sentences without meaning to? Are grammatical and spelling errors on your list of pet peeves?
If your answered yes to any of the above questions, then you should work harder, because writing may just be the thing you love. You don’t even have to be good at it when you start. Just work as hard as you can, and you will improve. Do you know the saying, “practice makes perfect” ? While this is not necessarily true, there is a true foundation from which it is based. If you work for your goal, you can achieve anything. The only quality you need is devotion. The only thing blocking you from your goal is yourself. You may not think you’re good enough, or meant to be a writer.
But let me say this: you, my friend, can be anything you want.
That’s all I’ve got for today! Thank you for sticking around to read my blog, and I hope you’ll follow Writer Central so you can see all my blogs! Comment below if you have struggles with your self-esteem, or you often find that you doubt yourself to many different levels. I’m always open to blog requests, so please contact me if you have a suggestion. See you next time.