First, do not try to be something, anything, else.
A writer is the only thing you are allowed to try to be during this time.
To become is to come into being, and that is what you will do: come into being a writer.
It’s certainly not about how to become a writer extraordinaire
a freelance writer
TV comedy writer
or a famous writer before you’re dead —
or magazine writer
writer for hire
an expert writer in any field
or even a short story writer
novelist or poet.
This is not about craft or forms or habits or
Or shortcuts or easy steps or narrative devices to keep the reader hanging at the end of a
It’s not about schmoozing and selling
although some of these things watch from the sidelines
and call to you and sometimes you
should turn and wave.
This is about how to become — to come into being as — a writer.
About how to develop your voice
hone your style —
and also cast your vision
articulate your aesthetic
and create —