01 Writing takes practice
Of course it takes practice. It is like anything, you can bring all the talent you have to a creative endeavour, but if you are going to progress you need to practice.
Skill is developed and it needs space and time to grow. I am actually saddened when I see new writers who say “I’ve started writing a novel,” and then a month later they are publishing it.
I am sure there are the odd savants out there who can churn out a novel and edit it within a month and it’s a masterpiece. Let me just say I haven’t come across any yet. Writing needs patient, time and a helluva lot of blood, sweat and tears.
This week’s guest post is an interview with the lovely Jayne Denker, auther of Your New Best Friend. Enjoy!
Interview with Jayne Denker
Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I’ve always been a writer—I remember writing stories when I was little. I had my first commissioned poem (for summer camp’s last-day ceremony) when I was nine or ten. When I was around twelve, I started writing novels, almost none of which ended! I feel guilty that I’ve got characters hanging out in another dimension, going “Ahem—!”
I knew I wanted to write for a living when I attended a reading by one of my favorite authors. He was reading from his newly published book (or possibly one soon to be published—I forget) and he started giggling. At his own jokes. And I thought, “I want to do that.” I wanted to do something that would amuse me, and make others laugh.
This week’s guest poster is the lovely Sandie Docker who discusses being a writer. Enjoy 🙂
Own it baby. Work it!
by Sandie Docker
“So, what do you do?”
A simple question. One, unless you’re a spy, that is answered easily.
Except it isn’t.
It’s a question that fills me with dread. Because what I am, is a writer. But I’m an unpublished writer so to answer that most simple of questions I feel like a complete fraud if I answer with the truth. I have no books out in the world. I don’t get paid to write.There is no tangible proof of what I do (other than my manuscripts languishing in various slush piles waiting to find a home). And even though I write every day (nearly), and I do courses which in other circles would be considered ‘professional development’, and I’m chasing my dream with query letter after query letter, and all those memes out there tell me that if I write I’m a writer, it still feels wrong to say it out loud. “I’m a writer.”
Today I’m going to talk about the Three P’s of writing…and no, they aren’t Pancakes, PJs and Procrastination (totally should be though, right?).
The three P’s are Patience, Perseverance and Professionalism… there may be more… like pencils and plots but I think we will just stick to the main three. 🙂
Being a writer has its ups and downs. In fact it’s probably why writers (and other creative types) often have to live with riding the excessive emotional roller coaster that comes from straddling reality and fantasy.
I don’t think people choose to be writers. They either are or they aren’t. So, if you are feeling the pull drawing you to becoming a writer, here’s some thoughts about it from me.
Why I HATE Being a Writer
☆The lows are crippling and can leave you exhausted, angry, saddened and heart-weary for days, weeks, months….or longer.