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I think everyone can become better at something. With a lot of practice, I can learn how to play the piano better that I can now, but either due to motivation or to some innate way my brain is wired, I consider it outrageously unlikely that I will become as good as some classically trained soloist. Writing is the same. Everyone can become better Not ...


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It depends on what your intent is when you write. People write for pleasure, for money, for fame, for influence, for immortality, and etc. Many of the best writers - the ones whose names you remember a hundred or five hundred years later achieved all those things, but for every Shakespeare there are hundreds of writers who had success if you measure ...


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Nature Or Nurture? (Maybe Both) Of course it is always difficult to separate nature from nurture (was an artist born that way or did the events of her life transform her into the artist she now is). My knock-down, number one favorite book of all time (Make Your Words Work by Gary Provost - amazon link) on teaching writing starts out with the following: ...


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Probably Indicates Belief of How Good It Is Your own mind may be trying to tell you something -- though it may be a lie. Your own mind may be trying to tell you that it doesn't believe that the story is "good enough". Malarkey and Bunk, You Say You might believe that viewpoint is not correct. Here's a little test to determine if that is true for yourself. ...


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I cannot recommend The War of Art by Steven Pressfield highly enough for this very struggle. The whole book is about finding the motivation to finish the creative projects you start. It's marketed to all creative types but written by a novelist, so many of the examples and insights are specifically catered to writers. You can very likely get it at your local ...



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