Friday, March 7, 2008

C. Hope Clark writes in her FundsForWriters newsletter:

The serious writer:
  • writes regardless of the circumstances
  • rewrites until he can't stand to look at the words
  • rewrites more until he adores his words and wonders how the heck he ever wrote that first draft
  • would like to earn money as a writer but won't stop writing because he can't pay the rent from the income
  • is in no hurry to publish a great story
  • doesn't submit not knowing if the story is good

2 comments:

stu said...

One thought on the last point. Some of us never think our work is good, even when it is, and when other people have told us it is. I guess I can't be a serious writer then. (Just a pessimistic one) Still, why should someone else get to define whether we're serious about this writing stuff?

April Boland said...

Good point. I think she was mainly saying that you cannot consider yourself a serious writer if you don't work your tush off.