One thing I’ve learned writing this blog over the last three-and-a-half years is that we never “arrive.” The more you learn about the craft of writing, the more you realize how little you know.
The profession of writing has been around for thousands of years. You would think we would have figured out how to become one by now, right? However, the more you read, the more you realize no one seems to agree on how to become a writer.
Depending on who you listen to, becoming a writer is either the easiest thing in the world (“Just write!”) or a proposition so impossibly difficult that only a combination of talent approaching genius, luck, and years of expensive training (i.e. “Get an MFA!”) can turn your writerly dream into reality.
If you know what you’re looking for, there’s something magical about the first days of the New Year. Everyone is settling back to work from the holidays so time moves a little bit slower. You have room to breathe in deep, to reflect on your year, to set goals for the future.
If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a restful and joy-filled time with the people you love most. If you don’t, then my warmest holiday wishes to you.
The year is nearly over (can you believe it?), and I’d like us all to take these last few days of the year to breathe in what we’ve accomplished in our writing over the last year. This is usually a time of release. We’ve finished the manic shopping before Christmas. We’ve eaten more than we should but we’re putting off our workout/dieting until January 1. We are relaxed, satiated now, and so this is the perfect time for a year-end review of our writing.
I first wanted to become a writer because I read those great books (you know the ones: Great Expectations and Harry Potter and Les Miserables and On the Road) and thought, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful to do this all day, to spend your afternoons having conversations with interesting characters and dealing with the deep challenges of the soul?”
So you want to become a writer.
Perhaps you write because it makes you feel alive. Perhaps you read a book that made you think, “It must feel amazing to write something like this. Maybe I could be a writer.” Perhaps you feel like you can’t not write.
So then, how do you do it? How do you become a writer?
Black Friday evokes the best and worst of humanity. It’s a day of generosity, when people sacrifice their sleep, their time, and their sanity to get the best gifts possible for their friends and family. It’s also a day when people get trampled to death (sometimes literally) by mobs of crazed consumers.
Luckily for those of us who prefer to steer clear of the mob but still want to treat the ones we love (and ourselves!) to the best, there are plenty of deals to be found online. In this post are a few great offers we’ve found for writers and those who love them.
It’s nearly Thanksgiving in the U.S. If you’re like me, every time you go on Facebook, someone is posting what they’re thankful for, the thirty days of thankfulness I believe it’s called. In the spirit of the season, today, I want to talk about one thing I’m very thankful for: writing.
At the National Book Awards a few nights ago, Ursula Le Guin was honored with the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, a fancy sounding award that basically means she’s the bomb (she really is).
Why is it that when you love someone’s writing, you want to read every book they’ve ever written? Why is it that some readers will buy all of J.K. Rowling’s books, even if she’s writing in a completely different genre than the Harry Potter series? And for us writers, how can we go from “unknown writer” to “published author”?
It’s all about your writing voice.