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Issue # 57
May/June 2010

Table of Contents

How to Know You Were
Meant to be a Writer?

By Suzan L. Wiener

Copyright © 2010, Suzan L. Wiener, All Rights Reserved

Many times I've been asked how I knew I wanted to be a writer and have recently taken the time to really figure out how I did know. I had always wanted to be a writer, even at the tender age of ten. It started when I sent in a question to a crossword puzzle magazine and they sent me one dollar. For a little kid, that was a lot of money and I was hooked. Here is what I found are important traits for a would be writer to have.

l. Perseverance

This is probably the most important of all of them. If you persevere, you will more than likely have your work accepted. The writer who doesn't keep sending his or her work out, will not become a published author, and see their dream come true.

2. Knowledge of spelling, grammar, etc.

You don't have to be the world's best speller, but it certainly helps to speed up your work and know what you are saying and have it make sense. Of course, there is always a spell/grammar checker, but catching your own mistakes is more fun and keeps you on your toes.

3. Having lots of ideas in your imagination bank

Sometimes, even when I sleep an idea will pop into my head, and I just have to get up and write it down. Otherwise, it is lost forever. It is always good to have a notebook and pen handy, to keep the gem from flying out the proverbial 'window.'

4. Being around other writers

It is always good to be around other writers - people who share your interests and love of writing. Also, you will gain a lot of information on markets, trends, publishers, etc. If you do not know any writers, join an online writer's group. It will be worth your while.

5. Don't complain about having writer's block

Many writers say they have it, but don't accept it. Even if you have to write about having writer's block, that is writing. You will feel a lot better if you do that. Complaining is just a way of not putting your thoughts to paper. It is a hard endeavor, but the one who has to be a writer, will keep at it and never give up. No matter how many rejections they get, he or she knows they have to continue.

6. Always needing to write

Often, a writer needs to write. No matter how tired they or, or how many other obligations they have to family and friends, they have to take the time to write. Even if it's the middle of the night, he or she will get up and write something down that they thought of. I know that happens with me and it's a true sign that you are a writer.

If you recognize yourself in these six traits, you will no doubt know you were meant to be a writer, and someday, if you persevere, you will be a published writer.

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
~Sylvia Plath