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So You Want to Be A Writer?

Well, join the club.  Seriously.  Join the club.  If you search the hashtag WritingCommunity on Twitter you will find an assortment of aspiring and/or established writers for you to commune with.  Writing does not have to be a solitary activity.  Humans are social creatures by nature and, while writers fall into a rather peculiar sub-section of humanity, that is no less true for them.

You’ll be amazed at how wonderful you’ll feel when you talk to someone who understands your struggle.  To that end, I would heartily recommend that anyone who wants to be a writer should attend a writer’s conference.  There are several in Michigan alone so I guarantee you will be able to find one near you.

Another activity you can take part in is the Writer’s Group.  If you go on the site MeetUp you will likely be able to find one in your area.  I add this suggestion with an asterisk attached.  And that asterisk takes you to Jane Friedman’s blog post about Writer’s Groups entitled ‘4 Hidden Dangers of Writing Groups‘.

Now that’s enough social interaction for one lifetime.  I know from personal experience as an introvert that too much time with people can lead to shallow breathing and cold sweats.

Let’s get to the practical side.  More specifically, the actual writing.  You’re going to see hundreds of articles out there telling you they have the secret to writing.  The set of rules that, should you adhere to them, you will succeed as a writer.  Any article worth its salt on the subject of writing will tell you that there are no hard and fast rules.

It’s a world of chaos and we’re just living in it.

For any other bits of advice on the subject, please refer to previous posts I’ve written like this one or this one.

Bye for now!

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