Tuesday, August 29, 2006

How can I become a [published] writer?

Maybe it’s because of the end of summer, fall easing up like a familiar friend.

But in the last two weeks, I’ve gotten about six or seven emails asking me how you can become a writer.

I can’t get around to answering all the email—most people can’t. And there really isn’t a quick answer to the question.

I think you just write down what you think about and all else follows. A popular buzz phrase right now is “I write because I can’t not write.” Or something like that.

But what I’m getting at is I never thought about how to become a writer. I just wrote.

Curiosity helped in the publishing endeavors. I learned to study publishers and magazines—almost all of them have Net sites now. And I joined several networks after looking at organizations—all of them have Net sites. I dug up what I needed to know simply because I focused on learning about the business of writing and also on the process of writing.

In between, I read and still do read tons of books.

What’s important is the journey each writer follows in determining his or her true passion. And I don’t think you can be a writer unless you follow the path solo.

So there you go. It sounds deceptively easy.

Enter Poetry Spotlight III at The Writer online. Poets Dana Wildsmith and Dr. Carl Horner will join me in critiquing winning poems. Deadline is September 15.

To the Georgia bookstore owner who featured my memoir Killing Earl in a special display I wish I knew the name of your store so I could thank you properly. A reader let us know about the display, but she didn’t share the name of the store.

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