Although, writer Charles Bukowski said, “Uh, you don’t choose writing. Writing chooses you.” While this may be true, writing is still a solitary pursuit.

To become a writer takes daily practice as Ray Bradbury said, “If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” 

Writing is an art, craft, and a business. Especially if you are a freelancer, which according to Robert Benchley, “The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.”

Writing is something serious and not a hobby. It requires honing skills, patience, and hard work to perfect the art. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an MFA in creative writing or a degree in English to write prose, poetry, or copy. It does however, take hours or writing daily.

Never give up the call to write. Did Picasso give up his call to paint? Many world famous authors had multiple rejections; did you know that Joanne “Jo” Rowling aka J. K. Rowling author of the Harry Potter series received twelve rejections before a fluke got the first book published.

Author Ray Bradbury never attended college, he read books in a library, and had around 800 rejections before his first published book.

These are examples of having patience and not giving up. It is also a statement of creating quality because writing something every day begets quality.

If you want to be a writer, than you need to read and write daily, a solitary action.


Robert Medak

Freelance Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader, and Reviewer learning Marketing

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