To the aspiring writer.
What if you’re not an aspiring writer anymore?
What if you’re actually a writer?
Perhaps it’s time for you to take a bigger risk.
If you’ve studied and practiced and honed your craft for many years, another writing class might not be what you need anymore.
When you’re already a good writer, signing up for more writing classes can be an easy out.
As long as you’re still a “writing student,” you don’t have to commit to finishing your novel or submitting your stories.
As long as you’re still an “aspiring” writer, you don’t have to take the risk of using your skills to write something worth sharing.
Be honest with yourself. What does your writing need from you now? What is your next step?
Possible next steps that require courage:
Submit your work to a magazine, contest, or journal.
Join a serious group of writers who meet regularly and write on deadline.
Finish your novel.
Hire an editor to read your draft, and do the work of revision.
Send your manuscript to an agent.
Make more time for your writing.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list — it’s just a start.
What is one brave thing that you can do in your writing right now, other than taking a writing class?
Tell me. Leave a comment below.
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