… forget about fettishizing masterpieces!

Always start with the why.

Why do you want to become a writer? Do you have what it takes? What does it take? Here are some signals to look for:

  • Drive for Supremacy — Exceptional writers believe that they have to be the best. They have a sense of destiny. They will put a dent in the universe. They will be a pioneer, champion or master. They map out grand visions and risky projects. They shoot for monumental victories, and they are not satisfied with the attention of thousands. They want millions, even billions. And more often than not they succeed in some capacity.
  • Capacity for Solitude — Exceptional writers are comfortable being alone. They prefer the library over the coffee house, the office over the swimming pool. Their involvement in social, political or religious communities and affairs are low. To be active in these realms is to take time away from work. Work above all else.
  • Special Talent — Exceptional writers can write. It’s usually the only thing they do well. It’s natural that they become servants to that talent, seeking ways to express and master it. They look for opportunities to study under top teachers. They read and write obsessively.

Listen, while everyone on the planet can and should be able to write, it doesn’t mean they can do it well. There are reasons why you shouldn’t be a writer.

How to Become an Exceptional Writer, Demian Farnworth

Writing is a skill you will use throughout your life. Mastering the art of organizing your ideas will help you write almost anything — essays, business letters, company memos, marketing materials for your clubs and organizations, heck, a novel, even!

But not everyone is destined to become a writer.

“It’s a bad business, this writing. No marks on paper can ever measure up to the word’s music in the mind, to the purity of the image before its ambush by language. Most of us awake paraphrasing words from the Book of Common Prayer, horrified by what we have done, what we have left undone, convinced that there is no health in us. We accomplish what we do, creating a series of stratagems to explode the horror. Mine involve notebooks and pens. I write by hand.”

— Mary Gordon, 1999

But if you believe that writing is in your vein and becoming a writer is your preordained course, you have to write every day. I write daily to find beauty and purpose in life, to know that love is possible and lasting and real even in this age of negotiated dalliances, to see day lilies and swimming pools amid the chaos and destruction, loyalty and devotion behind all the treacheries, even though my eyes were closed and all that surrounded me was a darkened room…

Bullshit!

I write because that is who I am at my core — a scribbler. I rant. I write. I rave. I write…. Once I get to my desk or behind my computer, once I start writing, I feel anything is possible. Carpe diem!

I seize each day, each opportunity to write. Anything. Everything. The consistency. The monotony. The certainty. All foolish notions and affectations are covered by this daily re-occurrence. After all, you don’t go to a well once but every day, and sleep comes to you each day, so do the muses — Calliope, Euterpe or Erato.

“How do you write? You write, man, you write, that’s how, and you do it the way the old English walnut tree puts forth leaf and fruit every year by the thousands. . . . If you practice an art faithfully, it will make you wise, and most writers can use a little wising up.”

— William Saroyan, 1981

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About Seeing with Brahmin eyes
My sense of humor can be keen, sarcastic, silly or corny -- sometimes all at once. I enjoy meeting new people with no preconceived ideas about what or what is not possible. You get much more out of life by being open minded and willing. I'm an easy going, good-natured person who loves life and loves people. I'm both optimistic and realistic and pretty objective when it comes to assessing situations, events, etc. In general I am a very positive person and you'll usually find we with a smile on my face.

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