Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Writer?

Most likely.

Wait, that was out of blue. Ha-ha. Let me explain. (And start, as I should have, at the beginning.)

Believe it or not, I have few people around me who wish to take the same path I had and be a writer. When we talked, my question was always the same “What stops you?” In this era of technology, there are no boundaries – from sites where you can post your work to free blogs. And you can erase your work from any of them at any time. What these persons throw at me is

“I couldn’t be a writer. I don’t have what it takes.”

This made me question what it takes to be a writer. I took some time to think about this problem, and I finally have an answer. So, if you are one of these persons, please listen carefully!

Being a writer is not about degrees or courses! It’s not about being a certain age!

Being a writer is about having a way with words!

If you read enough, at some point you could create something yourself. All persons are creative whether they realise it or not. So to answer this question efficiently, I have to know a few things about you:

  1. Do you like to read?
  2. Do you like to create?
  3. Do you have a story to share?

And the most important one:

Do you want to be a writer?

If your answer was “yes” then congratulations! The next thing you need is to get started and stop procrastinating. No one is perfect. You will make mistakes – so what? I wrote my first novel at fourteen years old; I admit it could’ve beenw itten better. But if that story hadn’t been written, I would have never been where I am today.

We all start somewhere.

If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started.

Drew Houston

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