The Real Writer – A Do’s and Don’ts Guide #3

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Real writers don’t make excuses.

People have told me I have a lot of ‘life’ excuses to not write.  I have a beautiful wife.  I have two wondrous kids, one of whom has autism.  I enjoy time with friends and family.  I work.  I have a mortgage.  I am the ultimate armchair sports fan.  I never turn down a beer.  I have an unhealthy fondness for karaoke.

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The Real Writer – A Do’s and Don’ts Guide #2

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Real writers don’t wait for the muse.

Waiting for inspiration doesn’t make you deep or interesting or cool.  And it doesn’t make you a writer.

It makes you a waiter.

And if you’re a waiter, you’re serving someone else or no one at all.  You’re certainly not serving yourself.

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The Real Writer – A Do’s and Don’ts Guide #1

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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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