It is a strange way to make a living. But if you are lucky, it will be what you do as well as what you love. If you don't love it, don't try it. But if you'd love to write and find it incredibly difficult, painful and stressful, then learn how to do it. The more you study your craft, hang out with writers, and the more you write, the quicker you see your frustrations fade.

No one hits the street right after buying a #2 pencil and yellow pad prepared to become a writer. Sure, you might have the urge, but do you have the skills? Not likely. It is a craft that, like all crafts, requires and apprenticeship, years as a journeyman and then furtive leaps toward becoming a master.

I can guarantee you periods of great frustration while your aspirations outreach your skill level. But you can count on them becoming fewer, less intense, and farther apart as you progress from apprentice to accomplished writer.

Why would you want to do this -- this writing thing?

  • It is a trade you can ply anywhere
  • Every single time you sit down to write, you get better at it
  • It requires almost no tools, inventory, apparatus or cash investment
  • You are completely responsible for the end product
  • You can take full credit for success
  • It is an occupation you can do even after your back goes out
  • Your words will be in print and available long after you are gone
  • And because it is a joy to end your day with something you can print out, read and enjoy

Writing is not for the faint of heart. It is for the courageous and daring.

It is a strange way to make a living. But if you are lucky, it will be what you do as well as what you love. If you don't love it, don't try it. But if you'd love to write and find it incredibly difficult, painful and stressful, then learn how to do it. The more you study your craft, hang out with writers, and the more you write, the quicker you see your frustrations fade.

No one hits the street right after buying a #2 pencil and yellow pad prepared to become a writer. Sure, you might have the urge, but do you have the skills? Not likely. It is a craft that, like all crafts, requires and apprenticeship, years as a journeyman and then furtive leaps toward becoming a master.

I can guarantee you periods of great frustration while your aspirations outreach your skill level. But you can count on them becoming fewer, less intense, and farther apart as you progress from apprentice to accomplished writer.

Why would you want to do this -- this writing thing?

  • It is a trade you can ply anywhere
  • Every single time you sit down to write, you get better at it
  • It requires almost no tools, inventory, apparatus or cash investment
  • You are completely responsible for the end product
  • You can take full credit for success
  • It is an occupation you can do even after your back goes out
  • Your words will be in print and available long after you are gone
  • And because it is a joy to end your day with something you can print out, read and enjoy

Writing is not for the faint of heart. It is for the courageous and daring.

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