Don’t you just cringe when you see the word “Thoughts” in the title of a post?
Hello, my brother and sister bloggers, poets, readers and erotic flash fiction writers from all over the world! It’s a sunny, autumn morning in Pittsburgh. The high will be around 50.
We all have thoughts. And we writers have thoughts about being writers. But sometimes reading about the thoughts of another writer can help to fortify us on our journey through life as writers.
Life’s a bitch and then you die. No umbrage meant to the women in the audience. You know how much the Old Soldier admires and loves women.
This baby boomer can now honestly say that I’m at a good place in my life. I have my health and I never stopped writing. I’m retired and I love my new full-time job as a webmaster. I’ve been writing, submitting manuscripts (first by snail mail then email) for over forty years. If you can stay relatively healthy, healthy enough to keep writing, you will find success as a writer.
Of course, you have to grow as a writer, keep studying your craft and get your work out to the public. If you do these things you have a pretty good chance at success. For a writer, talent + perseverance = success.
Sure the Old Soldier wanted to be a rich and famous writer; but now in the wisdom of my maturity, I realize that I am a success. I went back to school in my 50s, won a fellowship that paid for my MFA, got my MFA, had my flash fiction stories featured for two years in a lock print weeklie (and got paid) and now I’m the publisher of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. And the journey continues.
You can’t beat that with a stick!
These are my thoughts on being a writers. I hope they give you some comfort and help to fortify you on your journey through life as a writer.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.
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