Becoming a writer: finding something to say

This post from Tracy Lee Karner’s blog explains that an unpublished writer is no less a writer than a published one. We at Rose Hall believe that if you write, then you’re a writer. There are many reasons to write besides for money or to see your name in print. Self-expression, self-examination, for the joy of it, for the surprise of discovering your creativity, for your friends and family, to leave a historical record, to keep a diary of your life–those are all worthy and valid reasons to write. But if you want to be “published,” the game changes. Tracy Lee brings up some important things to consider if your goal is to earn money for your writing.

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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