Becoming a writer: finding something to say

If you need some sound advice, encouragement and inspiration for writing read this excellent post by Tracy Lee Karner.

Tracy Rittmueller

Have I found something to say? Is this interesting?

Being writers is what people are; becoming published is what writers achieve when someone believes they have something to say. 

Publication validates you. It says someone thinks:

  • your writing is understandable;

  •  your writing is interesting, 

  • and therefore your writing is publishable.

Being published means you get to take on the ridiculously impossible challenge the privilege of writing for strangers who don’t really care about you.

Readers are busy people. They don’t owe you their attention. There are a gazillion books on the market to entertain and educate them, as well as concerts and museums to attend, restaurants to try,  video games, movies, television shows, gatherings with family and friends…

Readers don’t need your jokes, convictions, dreams or sob stories because they have plant of their own. They also have their own heroic survival tales and, guess what? You and your stories don’t inherently matter to them.

Your writing matters to readers only when you satisfy their…

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