You Can Do It!

Years ago, when I was first contemplating becoming a serious writer, a friend told me, “Things like that happen to other people.”

The implication was that I shouldn’t even try. That it was a waste of time to even attempt to follow my dream. Well, I’m here to tell you not to listen to that sort of negativity. If you have an urge to write, there’s no reason you shouldn’t. You should absolutely follow that urge and chase that dream.

However, please bear in mind it is hard work, and requires a peculiar mixture of iron self-belief and professional humility. You have to be arrogant enough to write a novel and shrug off bad reviews, but also humble enough to cheerfully accept edits and criticisms. You have to be willing to learn how to write good dialogue, how to create characters and plots readers care about, how to come up with hooks that snare an audience, and how to write engaging prose that keeps them reading once you’ve got their attention.

Writing changes you. It requires you to confront the emotional truths of the work. It requires commitment, long hours, and a desire to constantly learn and improve. But, if you’re willing to do all that, and put your heart and soul into your craft; if you work hard and keep honing your craft; if you’re persistent in building an audience and continue to submit or self-publish your work despite all setbacks and rejections; then you stand as good a chance as any of the rest of us.

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Author: Gareth L Powell