Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I have tried to think of all the things that you must have or do when you are a writer. Of course talent is at the top of my list, but in truth, either you are a writer or you're not. A writer is someone who actually writes and no writing book in the world can make you a writer. They can give you tips or even suggest a few exercises, but in the end of the day you are the one that has to go sit on your butt and get things done.

What I think is the thing that writers need the most in their lives, or their careers, is basically people that support your craft and who believe in you. If someone does not increase the quality of your life, or is so negative that they deter you from what it is that you love to do, then unfortunately, it is time to cut them loose. It is cruel, but why hang out with people that make you feel bad about yourself or your craft?


  1. I would agree with you. I love to write, but it is a little bit harder without a bit of support. I'm lucky my dad has always been my rock with my writing, and has even read some of it for me so I could drown him in questions :).

  2. I actually believe people can learn how to do anything if they work hard at it and have the inner drive. I've stopped discussing my writing with people who don't care. Support from this blogging community, my critique partner, plus my kids and husband is enough for me.

  3. Amen! We have such a resource here online and in our real lives of people who will support and encourage. Why hang out with people who only bring us down?

  4. C D Meetens - I too find that writing is so much easier if your family is on board and cheering you on. I am happy you have your dad in your corner.

    Tonja - I didn't mean to be negative, I just meant that if you don't write at all, you can't really be a writer, no matter how many how to books you read. You have to actually get some writing done.

    I am glad that you no longer listen to the mean people.

    Alex - Thank you. That is absolutely true. You cannot choose your family, but you can choose who you spend time with.

  5. So true... as it is, there are more than enough people out there who love to spread doom and gloom. And people who have no interest in writing "just don't get it..."

  6. Mish - Thank you for agreeing with me.


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