by Carren Strock, IWWG instructor and author of A Writer's Journey: What to Know Before, During, and After Writing a Book
While writing, like everything in life, is easier for some than for others, it is not so much inborn talent as persistence and desire that separate those who succeed from those who do not.
No one sees a writer’s folders filled with rejection letters. They see only her published articles. No one sees the boxes of discarded drafts that lead to a completed manuscript. They see only the published book. No one sees the huge amount of correspondence and phone calls that eventually lead to an agent and the subsequent sale and publication of a book.
Only the writer knows the determination and diligence it takes to have her work see the light of day.
While writing comes easier for some than for others, remember that a writer who struggles to write is a writer nonetheless.
Questions to think about before you start writing:
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
- What has been keeping you from writing?
- What materials do you actually need to be a writer?
- How can you juggle your schedule to find one hour each day to devote to writing?