For me, the thing that has taken me the longest to develop is brevity. I’m one of those people who has a habit of going on and on, especially when I write. Thankfully, I’ve been able to use my edit runs to help curtail those long rambling sentences. So, I guess that comes back to persistence, in it’s own way.
One of my favorite things to say is that writing fiction is hard, and writing good fiction is that much harder. It takes a LOT out of you, demands a lot from you, and causes you all kinds of trouble.
Still, it’s worth it. I would never tell someone who has doubts about writing, or is wondering whether he or she should write, not to try. That’s because, regardless of what you do with you work, writing will teach you that you have these qualities. If you don’t have them, you’ll develop them.
That is, an ability to take risks and try new things. Perhaps this isn’t true of all writer, but if I waited to start writing a novel until I had all the kinks worked out and I felt comfortable with the story–if I waited until I felt “ready” to write–I’d never write at all.
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