(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 18 July 2013.)
I’m talking about the 99% of writers who will never make a living from writing. We, you and I, can still have success.
We writers write because writing makes life more interesting, more exciting for us. We like seeing our names and our work in print (especially if it’s published by someone else). We like the recognition, the awards, prizes and (when we get it) the money.
Writing connects us to the greater world community. So, here are 10 characteristics that the Old Soldier thinks you need to be a succesful writer.
- The realization that you need a steady income (or a sugar daddy or sugar moma–or an understanding spouse or partner) to support your writing.
- The realization that you need a community of supportive people around you.
- The drive to keep improving as a writer.
- The good sense to be pro-active in searching out and contributing to publications that want to publish what you write.
- The ability to sustain constant set backs, but to keep writing.
- A conscious effort toward subject matter and a style that the writer can make his or her own.
- A need to capture life in words.
- A relentless pursuit of publication.
- A love of words and reading.
- The ability to put yourself into another person’s shoes. Of course, I’m speaking of characterization.
This is the Old Soldier reporting on a hot (around 90), sunny and muggy day in Pittsburgh.
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