"...The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews..."
US novelist (1897 - 1962)
You find yourself becoming an astute collector of scenes, personalities, physical traits, plots, dialogue, and more for your future stories and articles. You know tare convinced that these collector pieces are not junk--- only if unused, collecting dust and cobwebs. Thus, writers are born to collect.
You constantly and persistently work hard to develop your writing craft to sway your readers to support sometimes irrational arguments. You may even try to exploit fear through relevance to prove a point. Writers try to persuade their readers that the evidence support conclusions.
You are an avid reader. Your friends may sometimes discover you reading aloud passages from your favorite writers’ work. You may even already own an Amazon Kindle loaded with hundreds of books, or another e-reader. When asked, you gladly confess that you read anytime and anywhere to explore how and why your favorite writer influences your own writing.
You examine your writing style with the idea of constantly improving it. You do just that as a matter of respect for your readers. You just don't aimlessly scribble your thoughts , and you are careful to consider your reader's feelings. You keep improving the craft of writing or your readers will stop reading your precious collection.
You prefer to do your own work and not hire a ghost writer; you prefer to get to work on your computer. Your first draft on any project is always used to get your thoughts out of your brain and down on paper (or up on the screen). You know that spelling, grammar and wording can be fixed during the editing process.
You’ll need some writing stuff... that your readers will find useful and entertaining.
You’ll need to use good grammar...
You’ll need to create work in a conversational tone...
You’ll need to create a total visual package through the artful word, inside and out... upside down, downside up.
You set a reasonable time frame for completion... aware of knowing when you have to let go at some point.
You know a writing process will help you to create some of the very best works. You know for a fact that it always starts with the draft assembled to answer to a question or a problem that many of your next potential readers may also be thinking about.
You realize your reader audience are an important consideration. You carefully think about your intended audience. You establish a common ground with your audience by acknowledging their values and beliefs. You write with the end in mind: your audience.
At the end of the writing day you ask: What have you done today to your writing craft?
Yes, your writing dreams can come true ---here's to your writing success in 2011!
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