Essential Qualities of a Writer

Adaptability
Adapt to new technology, change pathways as needed, create a balance in your personal and writing lives and adjust to societies new writing requirements. If it doesn’t feel right in your gut, don’t follow it.

Critical thinking skills
Learn to think through and understand new concepts to be able to convey them with your written words. All writing is rewriting.

Creativity
Develop new and interesting plots, characters and revelations about human nature. Consider your target audience.

Determination
Be disciplined to work as long as it takes to complete a project. Admirable works of art do not ride the fast track rails. A flash drive full of writings is a good starting point to become a published writer – AKA an author.

Powers of Persuasion
Use your skills of persuasion to convince readers that your perception is meaningful. Forget bully tactics.

Social Insight
Understand your target audience. Be a reader. Be a listener. Know that writing is its own reward. Write for yourself first. You are your worst critic, so please yourself, then decide if you want to let others into your writing world.

Writing skills
Write in a focused manner in order to share feelings and emotions to communicate with readers. Learn from writing classes, professional writers, writing groups, mentors, researching on the internet and most importantly by being a student of human nature. It is fun and ultimately rewarding, to play with words until you find the ones which really express what you want to say.

Writers are unique
Talent and a determination to succeed lead the list of skills. Present your professional writing self to everyone in your daily life. Be grateful for being a giving person.

Define your goals
Provide yourself with clear and specific goals. Follow the rules of the masters in grammar, structure, pace and format. The rules exist because they work. Embrace the challenging and proven rules. Writing outside the box comes with confidence and proven positive experiences as a writer. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want.

Write without writing
Writers think about writing ideas even when they are not physically writing. Read, learn, observe and do the all important research. Live your message and unique point of view with a passion.

Personal responsibility
Be interested in peer writers, ask questions and offer positive suggestions. Reap the rewards by living as a giving person and a compassionate writer.
If you can’t say something positive, don’t say anything at all.

Stephen King said:
“I’ve written because it fulfilled me. Maybe it paid off the mortgage on the house and got the kids through college, but those things were on the side–I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.
Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work and to enrich your own life, as well.”

Keep on writing!
Marcia Casar Friedman

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