Newsflash: Writing is hard. Rephrase. Writing well is hard. It takes so much freaking practice!
It takes work. It takes planning. It is riddled with disappointment, self-doubt and rejection. If you choose a writing life, you will have to not choose other things. You will redefine success and come to grips with the fact that people assume you have some sort of personality disorder—what with all those unwritten characters and scenes living in your head.
In my Dear Reader letter, located here, I stated that this blog will test my ability to be a writer. Do I have what it takes to be a writer? Do I understand exactly what is involved in building a writing career? Better yet, do I know what it is to be a writer? Taking the questions in order and answering concisely: I don’t know, No, and, most unfortunately No. Let’s look at each of these questions in detail.