Cindy was also gracious enough to add her thoughts on how to become a writer, which I think some of my readers may appreciate:
Becoming A Writer
“How do I become a writer?” It’s a question that people often ask me.
There’s the practical response – study writing, get a degree, attend writers conferences, read read read, write most every day, perfect your manuscript, seek a reputable agent, etc.
Then there’s the impractical – it must be your passion first and perseverance is more important than talent.
A writer needs to be passionate about stories, about words, about living a life in a creative mode. It’s not a job that you leave at an office. In most careers, a person is not what they do, but for writers, like other creatives, writing is what we are. It’s a way of seeing the world, interacting with others, and living every day both while in front of the computer and out in life.
Recently, I spent the weekend with a friend from high school who is also a writer. The group of people we were with kept laughing at us because we’d make up story ideas at nearly every topic the group discussed. It’s who we are. It’s a passion that runs through us like blood in our viens.
The other essential part of becoming a writer is perseverance. It’s what keeps you going through rejection, through the long lonely journey of creating a story, through having to continually rewrite and editoral reviews and the hard hard work of growing as a writer.
How do you become a writer? Start with a writer’s heart and will.
Cindy Martinusen Coloma