What It Takes to Be and Remain a Writer

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Writing is easy; being a writer is what’s hard. It takes time to write but it takes virtue to be a writer. That’s why not all that write are writers.

Writing is a goal you set to achieve but being a writer is a vision or calling — an assignment you live to fulfil. And that’s not so easy.

Being a writer takes patience:

  • It takes patience to sit with a blank sheet before you and all that flows from your fingers are a few words that don’t really drive a point home, and to sit the next day on the same spot to do it all again.
  • It takes patience to come the next day without the faintest idea of what to write but still show up anyway.

“I would stand and look out over the roof of Paris and think, “ Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the true sentence that you know.” — Ernest Hemingway, Hemingway on Writing.

  • It takes patience to sit long hours with a few
  • words dripping after a long period of scribbling “random words and sentences” until a page is full and come later to edit the story until it becomes good enough to stay in the mind of readers.
  • It takes patience to have a reader respond that what you have written is at best a crap and wake up the next day to write another “crap”.
  • It takes patience to publish a post that takes a lot of research and publish with the hope that “… My o my; readers are going to pause to think on my story!”. Only to wake up the next morning and stat show no one reads it. And brace up to write another wake up the next morning to do it all again.
  • It takes patience to have your story publish in the biggest Publication on Medium and less than 21 out of a 600 k of its followers read your work!

It takes patience and a determination never to give up on what you have chosen to do as long as you live. It takes patience to be and remain a writer.

Dear friend, all that you have read so far 

so far are some moments in my journey as a writer. It was the price I had to pay to remain a writer. Sure it was tough ( even now); but in life, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Yours may vary a little bit but not as much. It’s the price you have to pay — all of us — to not only write but to be and remain a writer.

I wish you the patient endurance to continue being a writer. To still pick up a pen and write what’s true to you without fear.

“Whatever success I have had has been through writing what I know about.” — Ernest Hemingway, Hemingway on Writing.

Dear friend, that’s what it takes — or rather that’s what it would possibly take you — to be and remain a writer.

Here’s the link to read the article on Medium. I will be so glad if you do!

25 Comments

      1. I write because I can. I write as and when I want to, generally most days, and about whatever I want. I feel no pressure doing it. I have no intention of writing for money or writing a book, though I have edited a couple.

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      2. That’s fantastic!
        I really envy you Shree…

        And I think it’s good advice even
        for writers. To write because they can and about whatever they care about.

        But for the money… I think that’s really
        a big one — it takes someone who’s
        other means of income to say that. Most writers survive from the earning of their
        craft.

        I think that’s where the pressure actually comes from, from experience.

        Anyways, thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences, Shree.

        If you could share some wisdom on how writers can earn money other than through their writing, I will really really appreciate. It will help me a lot.

        But for the experience you have shared, thanks so very much.

        Looking forward to your reply…

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      3. I’m not sure I can as I’m now retired but I was a CFO for many years in the Financial Services sector. Given the average writer barely makes enough to live on, I think the lesson should be that of JK Rowling who never gave up. Persistence does pay dividends.

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