The Wryters' Block

Shaping, Designing, Sculpting Words

10 Writer Essentials

English: penulis = writer

These 10 important essentials serve as a base/starting point for any writer. Not a definitive list, please feel free to add an important item.
1. Thick Skin
Sometimes along with approvals and acceptance, a writer must accept criticism, disapproval, and rejection.
2. Support
A writer needs someone who supports and encourages. Without support, a writer may feel discouraged.
3. Drive and Determination
It takes stamina and hard work to complete a book-length work. If it were an easy task, every person would be an author.
4. Appealing Voice
A writer needs an interesting, engaging voice to connect with readers. In due season, a writer will find an audience.
5. Strong Work Ethics
A writer should strive to write nearly every day. (In a recent interview best-selling author Nora Roberts revealed that she writes 6 – 8 hours a day.) Make writing a priority by scheduling times to write. Be prepared to edit work, as the more a writer reconstructs and practices, the better writer one can become.
6. Confidence
A writer should have confidence. If you believe you can achieve your writing goals, you’re on the road to success.
7. Network of Writers
A writer needs to network with other writers. As a group/team, writers can share ideas and tips, offer suggestions, serve as a sounding-board. No one knows what being a writer entails than another fellow writer.
8. Boldness
A writer needs to possess a certain boldness, to not be afraid to voice thoughts or opinions. Remember, no one will agree with you always 100%.
9. Dictionary and Thesaurus
Just as in any other profession, a writer needs tools – literary tools. Two of the most important are a dictionary and thesaurus to discover word meanings, use words correctly, and make writing improvements.
10. Creative Mind
It takes a creative mind in action to create dramas, comics, mysteries, characters, scenes, plots… A writer possesses a “special eye” to envision the imaginary.
Can you think of another essential item every writer needs?


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