Sunday, September 02, 2007

What Makes a Successful Writer?

During my residency, one of the faculty said that he sent out emails to other professors of creative writing courses across the US and asked them what characteristics of their students might determine whether they would be a successful writer in the future.

The top two answers?

1) The student loves to play with words.

2) The student loves to read.

I think those are the fundementals of a good writer, but the Capricorn in me needs to add: persistence and preserverance.

The ability to keep writing and submitting even when the rejections come pouring in. The trust that there is a reason that your inner-self has this desire to write. The belief that this isn't "for nothing" and that in the end you'll see the bigger picture.
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