I love to write. I begin writing with kid-lit for my grand-kids, home made just for them. I write for fun. I have also written some rants and a few random thoughts. I write nothing fancy, PC (punctuated correctly), or of novel length. Iíve had a few of my biographical memory pieces published in family magazines.
Since I became a member of an online writers site, Iíve tried my hand at other genres, thanks to the prompts. My stories are short and quick to read. No novel is planned for Ďdown the roadí, no plans for publishing.
Can I then call myself a real writer? Am I serious enough about writing?
Writing a monthly newsletter for each of two groups has required me to do a lot of researching on the craft of writing. I read and study in preparation for the letter, and believe it or not, some of it sticks.
Iíve put a list together of a few of the requirements Iíve noticed during my searches.
A real writer is serious about writing, driven, and writes daily.
A real writer lets nothing come in the way of finishing the novel.
A real writer has a neat desk and keeps everything in the correct folder.
A real writer keeps a notebook with them at all times.
A real writer is well educated.
A real writer writes, he won't edit until the story is told.
A real writer wears a tweed jacket and smokes a pipe.
A real writer locks the door to his office and speaks to no one during his writing time.
Does this describe you? It doesnít me. I am none of these things, not one. Does that mean Iím not a real writer? No, I donít think so. Real writerís write for themselves too. I write because I like to. Iím serious about the piece Iím working on, and I want it to be the best it can be, but Iím not driven and I donít feel the need to write daily.
My desk isnít neat. It has no semblance of being organized; in fact, itís very messy. I can find what I need though. Usually. Somewhere. I might as well have a revolving door because people come and go all day. I must edit as I go, and I would look ridiculous with a pipe.
The most important Ďtipí I know is Ďwrite for the joy of writingí. Write for yourself, for those you love. The publishing will happen if you research well and submit to the right place at the right time. From what Iíve read, itís mainly a matter of luck. I know editors have turned down best sellers, so if youíve been rejected, youíre among the best. If an author has a good story and his confidence in his writing is secure, he should go ahead and self-publish without any qualms. It works. Amazon is filled with these types of books and they are as good as the publishing houses turn out, better in some cases. Research well and ask for opinions before deciding who to use though. As with anything, some are not as they profess to be.
We donít work in our real life jobs everyday. We need to take time off for that walk in the park. We need to relax and laugh out loud. Employers realized that a long time ago, and require their employees to take a day off once a week. They know the employee will come back refreshed and raring to go. Hmm, theyíll come back anyway. Inspiration comes from everyday living. If youíre stuck behind a desk every spare moment, where will you find your inspiration? Yes, we need a schedule, but it doesnít have to be strictly adhered to by the clock.
You wonít lose your story if you miss a scheduled hour of Ďwritingí time. In fact, chances are youíll get more accomplished with better quality after refreshing yourself. If you think you must write every day just because some experts say so, writing will soon lose its appeal; it will cease to be fun. We canít let that happen, can we?
Write as long as itís fun, but as soon as you feel it start to drag, take a break. Forcing yourself to finish Ďjust one more pageí is worthless. Youíll probably have to cut it anyway.
Yes, newsletter editors are writers too.