Previously posted but I enjoyed rereading it this morning. I doubt if any writer has ever complained of being encouraged too much. Do share with any writer or would-be-writer friends.
I found myself writing this encouragement to a young writer approaching a course in Literature at University – but much of it is useful to any beginning writers:
1. Believe that you are a writer already.
This is tough. You think “But I haven’t had my first novel published!” “But I haven’t sold my first filmscript…..” and the minute you say “I’m a writer” to other people, they will ask “So what have you sold?” – which doesn’t help.
But being an artist and selling work don’t always flow together.
Van Gogh was a painter to his fingertips, worked hard all his life and only ever sold ONE painting, while alive.
2. Because you are a writer, you can begin planning a writing career.
Think of what you want to have achieved in 5 years.
Aim for it.
Don’t just meekly do what will get you good marks in School…
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