Hello hello hello, all my brother and sister readers and writers of erotic flash fiction from all over the world! The Old Soldier is reporting for duty on an overcast, chilly (high around 38 degrees) day in Pittsburgh.
I’m slowly gearing up for a new Pirates baseball season and for getting back to covering my beat in Little Italy. The Pirates home opener will be on 31 March at PNC Park and I should be back on my beat the same day, too.
There’s always a lot going on in the world. You could say that the Old Soldier is a news junkie. But I seldom comment on things beyond writing and being a writer because I don’t have the credentials. But when it comes to writing and being a writer, I think I do have the credentials gained from formal education and the school of hard knocks.
So, when I say a writer must take good care of his or her talent, I think I know what I’m talking about.
One of the worst things a writer can do is to neglect his or her talent by not reading and not writing for months or years. Although this is not a fatal mistake, it can retard a writer’s progress. A writer has to keep reading and keep writing to stay in shape the same way an athlete must keep training to stay in shape.
And I think a writer should nurture a writing state of mind. Sure, in order to enjoy life you have to live in the moment; but a writer is always working, because everything is potential material.
The thought that you are a writer and everything is potential material should never be far from your mind.
So that’s my take on how a writer should care for his or her talent. What’s your take?
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, a different kind of online magazine for adults.