Many emerging authors ask me what it takes to be a ‘real writer’.  Is it writing a novel, getting a degree, finding an agent?  Is it getting published, winning an award, making a living?  My reply is always a much simpler proposition: is writing what you do?  Not what you like, or what you want.  What you do.

To help you determine if you’re a real writer, I’ve compiled a guide of four do’s and don’ts of the trade.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll examine each in some detail.  First up – one of my favourite ‘don’t’s:

Real writers don’t talk about how they’ll write a book one day.

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