They Didn't Ask Me (dr_phil_physics) wrote,
They Didn't Ask Me

Ferrett Is Wise

Ferrett Steinmetz on being a Real Writer:
I get a lot of apologies, when people write to me. They think that I’m just some blogger, and then they discover I’m actually a professional writer with a novel sold and a SFWA membership and one big-ass award nomination…

…and they cringe. They’re not a Real Writer, they tell me. And I am. And they apologize for wasting my time.
And then the money quote, the secret sauce:
You’re a Real Writer even if you’ve never had a publication. You’re a Real Writer if nobody’s (yet) heard of you. All you have to do is to follow the three steps: Write the best work you can possibly do, write as much of the best work as you can possibly do, and send it out.
There's much more, and if you are a young writer or a new writer or an unpublished writer, you should read the rest of it.

Trust me on this. We've all been there.

Dr. Phil
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