Monday, November 14, 2016

Things a Writer Can't Live Without

Certain professions require certain tools of the trade. To be a successful farmer you need a tractor and a great love of country western music. A plumber’s got to have a big, black plunger and a pair of ill-fitting jeans that sag to the nether regions when bending over. Cops require handcuffs and a passion for doughnuts.

But what about writers? What are their mandatory tools? Obviously some sort of writing utensil, preferably a computer, but there’s oh so much more that goes into living as a successful author.

5 Things a Writer Can’t Live Without

1. A teachable spirit.

Without humility, you will wither and die. Here’s why. . .there is always a new writing skill to explore or master. If you think you know it all, then I guarantee you won’t last long in the business.

2. Confidence.

If you can’t defend one of your story ideas, who will? Believing that your writing can possibly help another by imparting some kind of truth or ideal is a requirement, or you’ll never survive the endless amount of editing and polishing that goes in to publishing a piece.

3. Appreciation.

Without readers who love your work, you will wither. Without agents and editors who find value in the words you string together, your writing may eventually fall by the wayside. Even the simple encouragement of a family member or friend is enough appreciation to keep a writer writing.

4. Other writers.

No one understands the unique challenges a writer faces better than another writer. The community of authors is a necessity to thrive.

5. A thick skin.

You won’t last long as a writer if you can’t take criticism, because trust me. . .you will receive critical floggings on a regular basis. Resilience is a must.

How many of those five tools are in your writerly toolbox? Polish up the ones you own and work to acquire those you’re lacking.


Southern-fried Fiction said...

Truer words were never spoken. These are even more important than a laptop!

chappydebbie said...

Great list...sharing.

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