It’s Tough to be a Writer

Journalling, Prompts, Short Fiction, Workshops, Writing
Writing isn't easy. Or perhaps I should say that writing well isn't easy, even for those of us who have an instinctive grasp of grammar and spelling. Fiction is particularly difficult, because you're creating new people and giving them new experiences. A good story is something like a tapestry--made up of many different elements and woven for hours upon hours upon hours. In order to write an amazing book, you need to have a strong setting, strong characters, and a good, non-stereotypical plot. And you're going to have to rewrite, because you'll probably realize that your characters aren't as tough as you thought they were, and your plot's got holes in it bigger than your windows. And after that, you're going to have to rewrite again, because on the first…
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Never Give Up

Novels, Short Fiction, Writing
As writers, we are all equals. Now, I'm not saying that one writer cannot be better than another. What I'm saying is that we all have equal opportunity to become writers. It doesn't matter if you've always wanted to be a writer or if you had a lightbulb moment in your thirties. It doesn't matter if you're a boy or a girl. It doesn't matter if you're black, white, or blue. Your height, weight, eye colour, hair colour--none of these things make you more or less likely to reach success. What does make you more likely to reach success as a writer? Hard work, determination, an ability to give and receive feedback, and more hard work. Talent's nice to have, but passion is the most important thing. You have to…
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