Short Quiz — Are You Really a Writer?

Anytime you mention that you’re a writer someone says “I should write a book…” and then proceeds to tell you why they have the perfect life, idea, plot, etc for a best-selling novel. And of course, that is great.
Creative outlets are to be encouraged and I wish them well.
However, if we really talk for any length of time, I usually give them my one-question quiz to pinpoint whether or not they truly wish to write. It is: Do you like to rewrite?
If you want to sit down in front of your Mac and write your Great American Novel, and feel that once it appears on the screen in written form that you are done you’d better not count on a contract with anyone anytime soon.
Just as success is 10% luck and 90% persperation, great writing is 10% innate talent and 90% editing … and editing and editing and editing.
If, however, you feel that putting something down on paper is simply a time-consuming exercise leading to the real fun of tearing into what’s written and you can spend hours and days happily rearranging sentences and rewording phrases — you’ve probably found your calling.

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