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January 2


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How to become a writer:
        Take a pen. Write.

How to stay a writer:
        Take a pen. Write. Don't stop.
        Be stubborn as a mule.

There are those days when all your good words hide in your left sock and refuse to come out -
and even if they do, they smell like old fish and skunk after a messy rendezvous.

You write.. Delete!
You write... Delete!
You write, write, write
        ...and edited out the whole chapter later.

Be stubborn, write nonetheless. Use those other words you buried in the drawer with the socks you never wear cause they are
                                   and littered with holes.

Never mind, you still can stitch the mess together and dye it a beautiful colour later.
Just make sure those ideas in your head get caught in your messy fishnet of ugly socks first.

And edit it, damn it, edit it!
Edit it, before you dare hitting any publishing-buttons.
No one wants to read ugly, smelly socks after all, even if they've got precious ideas inside them.

Your pretty socks were nothing but dirty sheep wool
before someone put some serious effort into them.

Be cruelly honest with yourself:
If there is nothing in your fishnet of ugly socks,
                             throw it away!

No amount of editing can fix this.

Be open to critique,
        but don't let it drown you.

A critique is a valuable opinion,
        but so is yours.

And read.
Read, read, read, read, read.

Cause how do you want to
                             catch precious ideas,
                             adorn them with beautifully spun words,
                             and dye them in metaphors,

without ever knowing what
                                    an idea,
                                           a metaphor,
                                                       a word

But the most important thing is that you write.
Take a pen, write, and don't stop.
Inspired by =SpiralingSpontaneity's wonderful poem they don't know everything, either.
and also by the many "How to become a writer" pieces written by a whole bunch of skilled writers.

*I obviously took a liking to fancy formatting recently*
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paintingofthevoice Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful. I actually like the fancy formatting. 

Don't stop. smile 
Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much :squee:
(yay for fancy formatting)
icemould Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
I like it, catch it by write it down - any time, anywhere, use anything to write it just make sure you have it.
Edit it later on and maybe add something new.
Read it more than twice and love it by heart before post/publish it.

Then, don't stop~
Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Somehow you used way less lines to express almost the same thing :giggle:
Xiexie for your comment.
SpiralingSpontaneity Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I really, really like this <333 I especially love the sincerity I feel from your words, and the formatting is lovely. I love this a lot :love: Thank you for writing this! <3
Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! :squee:
Thank you for being so inspiring :tighthug:
SpiralingSpontaneity Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're such a sweetheart :huggle: :aww: :happybounce:
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