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January 21, 2008


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When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. Then in high school I got into computers, realized I could make a good living that way, and that's what I went to school for. Now I'm getting back into the writing. It's funny how things work that way...

One of the things I regret about college was that I only had one piece published while I was in school; in high school, I used to get stories and articles published on a fairly regular basis. No time like the present to make up for lost ground, though...

IMO, there's no such thing as "wanting to be a writer". Either you are a writer, or you're not. If you are, the next step is to find someone willing to pay you for it. If not, then don't waste your time.

A writer is not a person who writes. A writer, rather, is a person who can't _not_ write.

You think the striking TV and movie writers have stopped writing, since they can't currently get paid for it? Hell no...they're just not writing screenplays anymore. What they're writing instead may or may not ever get sold to anybody or even shown to anybody outside their immediate circle, but they're still writing. Count on it. It's not even a matter of making a commitment to your's literally a defining feature of _who you are_.

Writing isn't so much a job, as an addiction you can sometimes get paid for. :)

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