(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 29 December 2013.)
It takes a certain amount of moral courage to be a “good” writer. First off, in order to be a good writer you have to invest a reasonable amount of time and effort to achieve a certain level of skill in the craft of writing. Then you must have the courage to be vulnerable about your own humanity. And the third reason it takes a certain amount of moral courage is, you’re not going to make a living at writing. At least, 99% of writers don’t. In other words, you better have a real job if you want to be a writer. I survive because I’m retired on social security and two pensions.
When a person decides to be a writer, that person is taking a huge leap of faith. And I’m talking about being a good writer which can be a long and painful process for many people.
So here are three reasons why it takes a certain amount of moral courage to be a writer.
The best subject matter for your fiction writing is usually right under your nose. Here’s a fourth reason why it takes courage to be a writer. A writer should write about what he or she knows. There are exceptions to every rule, but writing about what you don’t know has several obvious drawbacks.
If a writer should write about what he or she knows, who are the people a writer knows best? They’re family and friends. And of course the writer’s own self. To write about family, friends and one’s self honestly takes courage, too.
There you have it, four reasons why it takes a certain amount of moral courage to be a “good” writer. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Hello hello hello, my brother and sister readers and writers from all over the world! It’s a chilly, rainy and overcast day in Pittsburgh. The high might get to around 35 degrees. The Old Soldier is going to stay in doors and eat, drink, read and listen to Steelers football on the radio. Sometimes you just have to chill out and today is the day.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from near the University of Pittsburgh.
PS I refuse to buy a television. I get so much more reading and writing done without one.