8 Signs That You Were Meant to Be a Writer

Are you meant to be a writer?

Do you ever wonder if you were truly meant to be a writer?

Deep down you sense that it might just be so.

But then doubt creeps in, and you just aren’t sure.

You look at your writing. You realize that you aren’t where you want to be. Maybe you just aren’t good enough?

A great writer would be further along by now, right?

Wrong.

If you’re reading this, chances are you were meant to be a writer. You were meant to help change the world and impact people’s lives through your words.

Here are 8 signs that you were meant to be a word wizard.

1. Secret Dreams

You secretly dream about writing.

And if you already write, you dream about doing something bigger, like writing a novel, or scoring that big freelancing client.

You dream about more, bigger, better.

Deep inside you know you can do it, but that pesky little voice stops you.

2. Doubt

Yes, doubt is a sign that you were meant to be a writer.

If you didn’t have anything to say, you wouldn’t even think about writing, but you do have something to say, and you know it.

But doubt stops you.

However, doubt is just a thought popping up. It doesn’t feel great, but you can say hi, and keep taking tiny steps forward.

Why keep moving forward?

Because you were meant to be a writer.

3. Excuses

Your excuse for not hanging out with your friends is, “I have to write”.

You aren’t interested in what non-writers are interested in. They live a different life. They sometimes seem like a different species.

Embrace this.

Don’t give into peer pressure.

If you’re a new writer, you won’t be sure what to do with yourself, but trust your inner calling. Trust your heart.

It knows what you need.

If you have to write, you have to write.

4. Inspiration

Inspiration only comes to those who can use it.

If you’re a writer, you get inspired, but you also have to take advantage of that inspiration.

If you are inspired to write a novel, then start today. Don’t wait for perfection.

Let it be messy.

Let it be chaotic.

Let your thoughts go crazy and your body shiver with fear.

But start. Right now.

5. Perfectionism

When you truly care about something, you want it to be perfect.

I care about my writing. I want to help people. I want to help you when you read these very words.

And for that reason, I want it to be perfect, because in my head, I believe perfection equals value to you, but that isn’t always true.

Good enough can have a huge impact on someone’s life. Perfection is just an idea in my head. It has nothing to do with reality.

Wanting your writing to be perfect is a sign that you care, and that’s good, because it means you will put out exceptional work, even when you feel like it’s crap.

But you have to get your writing out there.

6. Admiration

You secretly admire great writers.

You want to talk about the elegant ways they craft their prose, but you often don’t have anyone to talk to, because your friends or family may not care about writing as much as you do.

This alone shows you how much attention you pay to words.

It shows you that you were meant to be a writer.

All you have to do is muster the courage to write and step up your game.

You are ready, even if you don’t feel it.

Step up to it and enjoy.

7. Lacking

When you don’t write, you feel like something is missing.

You need to write. You need to express yourself through prose.

You know you can make a difference, but you’re not sure. We all have doubts. They’re normal, but they don’t have to stop you.

Just keep moving forward. Keep putting words out there and let the universe take care of the rest.

The fruits of your labor are none of your business. All you can do is your best, so start putting your stuff out there, even if it freaks you out.

8. Yearning

Deep down, you feel this yearning to write.

It’s like someone is pulling a string that’s attached to your heart.

The string is pulling you toward greatness, but you are resisting. You’re afraid. You’re worried. You’re not sure what people will think.

Let that yearning take you to where you need to go.

Forget about what everyone else is doing and follow your calling. Embrace your uniqueness, your quirkiness and your style.

Results may not come instantly, but all is well when you follow your heart.

Listen to that yearning.

Let the string take you on the adventure of your life.

If You’ve Read This Far …

You were meant to be a writer.

I’ve been writing ever since I can remember.

I’ve scribbled down crazy stories about animals when I was 6. But lately, I’ve found myself writing articles like these.

Somehow this is what comes out of me. I just keep following my excitement. I write about what makes my heart sing.

And you should do the same, because what excites you is your internal GPS telling you that you need to pay attention to that.

I have doubts, fears and worries, like everyone else. But I know I was meant to do this, because doing anything else is torture.

So if you’ve read this far, you were meant to be a writer.

All you have to do is embrace it, because deep down you know you want to.

 

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Henri Junttila is the founder of Wake Up Cloud, where he helps people turn their passion into a thriving lifestyle business. When you’re interested in learning more, grab his free special report.
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  1. Bruce parsons says:

    Thanks it made me think again

  2. Hugues B says:

    I really like #5, – always try my best to only put out the very best that I have but I aslo know that I have to release my knowlege and Ideas to the world and see what comes back. That is the only way I am going to get real feedback on what I am trying to do. No matter what you write you have to put it out there and see what the market saysn they will be the ones that will help mold you into the great writer that you want to be :)

    • Henri says:

      So true. It’s not up to you to judge how good your work is. You can only do your best and put it out there, and then see what happens.

  3. Ann Druce says:

    The 9th sign: When colleagues, faced with having to write something, seek you out to ask for your help.
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  4. Nikita says:

    Hi,

    how do we ..clean the content..in a effective way …such that it brings us more work as am new can anyone help me please

    • Henri says:

      If you mean edit the content, I’m sure you can find lots of great articles right here at Write to Done if you check out past articles.

      • Nikita says:

        Thanks Henri….as in how do I get started, with the editing part of content what has to be kept inmind to get well with it ….thats what I actually meant when I said it.

  5. I dream about writing, but rather openly, I don’t have any doubts about writing for my blog or my clients but face a plethora of them when think about writing an ebook, thanks to this excuse I’m left with just a couple friends (and I’m happy for that), I overcame “perfectionism syndrome” when I wrote my first ever blog post, I’m a huge fan of Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Stephen King, Bly!

    Oh boy, I’m a writer :D
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    • Henri says:

      You are a writer indeed.

      We all have to face our challenges, and right now you’re in the ebook phase. You’ll get over it and another challenge will pop up.

      It’s a journey of evolution. You’ll keep growing as a writer and you’ll keep getting better.

  6. Great insights Henri!

    I can identify to #6 most specially.
    I admire the masters. Those artists who have helped me become who I am today;
    those who have showed me the way to a meaningful life.

    I feel more certain now that I was meant to write.
    Thanks for the reassuring words.

    Remain awesome,

    Anthony
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  7. I know: “I can identify with #6″ would have been more appropriate.
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  8. Ani says:

    Nicely said.
    Now it’s officially validated by you :) I was meant to be a writer hehe
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  9. Khaalidah says:

    Doubt, excuses, and lacking. Those three really hit home. Awesome post. You made me remember who I am.

  10. Jessica says:

    Thank you for these wonderful words, they touched my heart and my Writer-Soul.

  11. Sandra Madeira says:

    Thank you for this post – it might help me get unstuck with my writing!

  12. lisa says:

    such a great article! the uniqueness and quirkiness hit home to me! we all have a voice and why not speak out!

    thanks

  13. Hi Henri

    Great post. Muchas gratcias for your encouragement.

  14. Vivi says:

    Henri,
    Thanks for the encouragement–just what I needed to hear this morning. Starting yesterday, I’d decided that this endeavor (writing) deserves my best morning hours, that it’s not something to try to fit in later in the day when I’m depleted.
    My fledgling blog has made me feel vulnerable & even foolish for investing the time and money to start it. Yet I know in my heart of hearts that beyond being a teacher (my calling all of my professional life & a life’s service that took all of my time & energy), writing is what I can do, what I want to do, what I’ve been honed and chiseled to do since I was a mere child. I may not be the best, no one may read a word I write, but I am suited to this craft.
    I am going to print out your article & put it in my notebook as a reminder on those days when I wonder if it’s worth it, which is pretty much every day, so it looks like I’ll be re-reading your piece a lot! My primary goal in my blog is to be an encourager, a positive force in this often dark and confusing world.
    Thanks again for being an encourager too!
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  15. Cindy says:

    I really enjoyed this article, and I definitely identify with it.

    Seven months ago I committed to begin my writing career, and even though I was scared out of my mind of whether I would succeed, nothing but good fortune has come my way since.

    Thank you for sharing this. I know it will encourage those who want to write to follow their dreams, and it will be an inspiration to those who have stepped out on faith to keep on keepin’ on.

    Cindy
    aka Wickpen

  16. Sophia says:

    Thank you. This was the perfect message at the perfect time for me. Much appreciated.

  17. Randy Kemp says:

    One more element should be added. Never give up. How many publishers rejected the first J.K. Rowling or Ayn Rand breakthrough? A dozen or so. For Jack Canfield, it was 140 or so.
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  18. Writers truly are a different breed. And, inspiration is everywhere – you just need to open your eyes and your heart to it.

    These are great points. Thanks so much.

    Deborah
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  19. Thanks for this, Henri. Very encouraging – now I must stop and get on with some writing!!!!
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  20. Eugene Bell says:

    Great piece, thanks for inspiring the inner writer in us all Henri!

  21. Beth Havey says:

    Powerful post, Henri. I am a writer, agreeing with every item in your post. Writing and reading are food for me. The story, whether mine or someone else’s, carries power and connects me to others. Where would we
    be without people like us who want to define, understand and dream about the story. Thanks for your post.
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  22. Well well well Henri! I can’t tell you how good it feels to comment here and be able to say i am meant to be a writer!

    I mean I’ve known that I am a writer for quite a while now but getting confirmation from someone else about something you believe in is worth quite a bit as well.

    Thanks for sharing; it took me back to my roots again and I realized from scratch why I am “weird” according to non-writers. I saw why I absolutely LOVE being weird again!
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  23. Miss ZP says:

    oh my, I have all of this..
    hope it was good sign..
    actually, I love to call my self as writer, but..yeah, sometimes you find excuses, you doubt your self, cause you really want it to be perfect..
    the lacking, the yearning.. yup..
    inspirations, dreams, admiration.. sure!
    well..
    i can’t wait to have others call me writer :)
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    • Henri says:

      There will always be excuses, doubts and fears in anything worthwhile, you just have to see them for what they are (thoughts), and keep going.

  24. Marcie says:

    Any day I write, even it’s just a to-do list, is a great day. Those days I get inspiration for topic ideas is a super-duper day. Also, I used to suffer from perfectionism until I realized stuff wasn’t getting done. Now, I practice “just get it done” and edit later.

    • Henri says:

      That’s how I write as well. I write a crappy first draft and I edit later. That’s the beauty with writing, you can edit as much as you want.

  25. Henri,

    Thanks for the post (and thanks Mary for another great guest post)! I started writing about 18 years ago, knew I wasn’t good enough and kept trying. I now have a series of essays out in proposal stage and started a blog last Friday. It seems overwhelming to think, with so many people writing/blogging etc., that I will have a chance, but nothing is going to stop me…the power and beauty of words have been so important to me personally and I dream of being able to do the same for others.

    Ceejae Devine

    • Henri says:

      With that attitude, nothing will be able to stop you.

      The thing is that if you feel inspired to write, there will always be someone out there yearning for what you have to say.

      We all connect with people in so many different ways that there’s room for all of us.

      • Henri, what a great list! You know what, it made me cry?!
        I like what you say here above too ” There is room for all of us”
        My favourite quote, which I’d like to share here for all the writers:
        “There is nothing to writing, all you do is sit at the typewriter and bleed” Hemmingway
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  26. Jevon says:

    Great stuff. I like #4. Let it be messy, let it be chaotic, just let it be and write.
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  27. Debbie Young says:

    It is a calling to be a writer. No question of it. I write, I have always written, I will always write. No-one who is not a writer will ever understand this need. And no-one can ever take it away from me. It’s not a case of “I write, therefore I am” but “I am, therefore I write”. End of.
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  28. You aren’t interested in what non-writers are interested in.

    You nailed it with that one.

    I just can’t get into what i used to a decade ago.

    Its crazy how much I have changed or matured or gotten old or whatever you want to call it.

    I was thinking what’s wrong with ME!!! LOL :)
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  29. Kris says:

    So true and so inspiring actually.
    This one really made me go “yeah!”

    “You aren’t interested in what non-writers are interested in.”

    because I always thought maybe there’s something wrong with me that I’d rather spend my extra time writing than doing stuff that “normal” people like to do, like relax and watch a show.

    Great post!
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  30. Darick Reed says:

    Thank you for that great post, Henri. Somehow I found it right at the perfect time. (And your blog, by the way) I have been stuck for weeks, trying to get the courage to just begin writing, and going public with my ideas. But all I have been doing is procrastinating and pretending to look for inspiration. After reading your post, I know I have it inside me. In sign # 8 you talk about the string that is attached to my heart that is pulling me to greatness… I can not resist anymore. I must trust the process. I must begin. Thanks again!

  31. Mark says:

    Amazing post! This described me perfectly and came at the right time as well. Thanks!

  32. Thank you, Henri. This describes me well…. except for #3. I make excuses NOT to write. Writing had always been “that silly thing I do just for fun”, and I pursued education and career in my more serious interests. I feel a need to write: but I’m a counselor, a husband, a parent, a home owner, but, but, but… all of these seemingly legitimate excuses to spend my time and energy on the people and things I am responsible for- and then at the end of my day I am tired. Too tired to enjoy this thing in life that had been so fun. At the end of my to-do-list it becomes another chore. But, to be more fully who I am I need to embrace the fact that I am also a writer. I need to make it one of the things I give priority, and make more excuses TO write. Thank you for this encouragement.

    • Henri says:

      You’re not alone, Patrick. We all have those excuses.

      And you’re right on. If you want to write, you need to prioritize it. Do it first thing in the morning, even if it’s just 5-10 minutes, and see what happens.

  33. I love number 8! It’s perfectly written and says all I can say about what I’m experiencing right now- a little anxiety and fear, but having the courage to follow my unique calling no matter what.

    Thanks
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  34. CLJ says:

    This article is of enormous value to me ~ thank you so much !!
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  35. Terry Gibson says:

    I really hoped my answers would turn out differently; I really need a vacation. No. Not really. If doubt makes me a writer, I’m the whole 18th century of writers. Great article. Thanks.

  36. Wenny Yap says:

    Your article is so spot-on. I have, still are and am sure will continue to experience all that you have written in my passion for writing. I love to write in a niche that I hope can help to motivate others for self-improvement to live a life they love. However, doubt, fear and perfectionism always makes the journey a little tougher but just like you said, go ahead anyway!
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    • Henri says:

      Absolutely. The things you learn when you overcome your obstacles will only allow you to help more people.

      So keep on going.

  37. Maria Wood says:

    After reading this I do feel more determined then before. Its like no matter how many people say I have talent I can’t fully believe it. Watching my own growth in the past year I should think more of my self and my abilities.
    Reading this article has reassured me. Its not that I didn’t already know I could do it, I just didn’t believe it.

    Thank you :)

    • Henri says:

      Oh yes. Don’t let other people tell you anything about yourself, because they don’t know. In fact, most people don’t even know themselves.

      Listen to your own heart and follow your excitement, especially if it scares you a little.

      Thanks Maria!

  38. Beautiful post, Henri!

    The major sign for me was that, no matter what other direction I tried to take in my life professionally…what I kept going back to, again and again, was writing. And eventually I built up the experience that allowed me to do it full-time!

    I just wish I’d had the confidence to make the jump earlier…and hadn’t listened to concerned friends and family members years ago telling me to “play it safe” and keep writing as a JUST hobby. Because, well, turns out that everyone who told me I’d never make a living as a writer was flat-out wrong — and I could have avoided a few years of working really crappy jobs to pay the bills if I’d realized that sooner. ;)
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    • Henri says:

      Thanks Julie! Glad to hear you’re rocking it.

      You never know if what you had to go through was exactly what you needed in order to have the determination to succeed.

      It’s funny how life works.

  39. Jemma Taylor says:

    I expected our replies would turn out diversely; I have to have a vacation. Zero. Certainly not. When uncertainty tends to make myself any author, I’m the full 18th century of writers. Great Content !

  40. Sharon says:

    I was really hoping that ‘wanting to eat a lot of chocolate’ or ‘being a weirdo’ would be on this list that would mean I’m a writer because I have oodles of both of them. ;-)
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  41. Mrs. Eola in high school told me, “Ed, you need to drop my class. Writing is just not for you.” Since then I have avoided writing. It did not help my grandmother used to return letters when I was 5, 7, 12 with red marks all over it.
    So now I have to write to create content. One sure way of knowing that you were meant to be a writer, you have to.

    • Henri says:

      Absolutely.

      I would also never put what anyone else says above what I feel in my heart. If you feel like writing, then write and let no one stand in your way.

  42. MelodyJ says:

    I just found out about this site. Wow! Great article thanks for the encouragement.

  43. Anne-Laure says:

    Very funny… today I finished my second manuscript and reflected on myself. I used to be someone who could not stay at home or be alone for more than one hour. This could be a problem, because writing is a very solitary occupation. So I thought: well, maybe I’ve changed. Maybe I’m suposed to be a writer en be alone most of the time. I will socialise and outgoing once the summer has arrived. But for now, I’ll be glued to my chair and write. Can’t help myself…
    thanks for the post (and sorry for any mistakes, mothertongue is Dutch and French)

  44. Emily says:

    This. This right here took all my doubts and threw them out the window. With every word, hope bubbled up within me, and now I feel as if I truly am meant to be a writer. All my imperfections are just tools I can use to learn. I have goose bumps, my heart is beating a little to fast… I feel alive! This was exhilarating!

    Thank you! Thank you so much! I feel happier with my writing now, after reading this, than ever before!

    • Henri says:

      Pure awesome, Emily.

      Yes, the doubts don’t have to stop you. It’s all a matter of perspective. And in the end, we create how we perceive the world.

      Now write, and enjoy! :-)

  45. I was both excited and worried to even view this article – I’m glad I did. Thank you for these words, it has helped me a lot. I have a book written but not published, however I have the author proof here with me right now. All my life I have been telling myself “I don’t have what it takes” and even after I wrote the book I still have those doubts floating inside my lizard brain somewhere… but at least I wrote a book and now have physical proof (in a perfectly bound – professional soft cover at that) and I suppose I need to stop doubting myself, keep writing, and if self-publishing takes me only as far as a hobby – then so be it.

    • Henri says:

      Just because you tell yourself that you don’t have what it takes doesn’t make it true. Your thoughts are not reality. Reality is reality.

      The doubts may always be there in one form or another, what will change is how much you believe them.

      So keep going, and keep writing!

  46. Jeffery says:

    Hello, and thank you for your writing–it has indeed made many things clear to me.

    However persistent I am about my writing, i still feel that I can improve–everyone has room to improve. As the author of “Guardians of Legend” and the “Taleeleacto Series” I find myself wondering if all the advertising I do on multiple websites will be worth my hard work in becoming more than just a createspace author. Yes, I love that finally have my book in print, and I love that I can give this to my family, but I would love to see my storyline as a film. That is a very farfetched dream, as only the most renowned of authors like my favorite author, Christopher Paolin (author of the Inheritance series), or Steven King and whatnot. In my personal belief, anyone can reach that height in greatness if they simply write, and write some more until they have successfully created their masterpiece. This 12-book series I am writing will be my life project, and may be the only project that i embark on in my life.

    I only know one thing for sure: Even if I do not become a well-renowned author, the goal of publishing all 12 books of this series will be an achievement that I will be more proud of than any before it, or proceeding it. Plus, what is a series without an ending? Just write a few books, decide you are not good enough, and just quit? I would be one mad reader if that happened haha.

    Well, again, I thank you for your post and hope that it helps many aspiring authors to fulfill their lifelong dreams as I am.

    • Henri says:

      Thanks for sharing, Jeffrey.

      As long as you enjoy the writing in this very moment, everything else is icing on the cake.

      Keep rocking :)

  47. Logan says:

    Wow – thanks so much for this. I’m standing on the precipice of starting my own freelance commercial writing business, and it seems I just need that “push” past my anxiety and doubt. This was an awesome read. Thanks again!

  48. Tim says:

    I read this because Michael Scott shared it on his facebook page. I now know what I want to do. I have stories that have to get out of my head. I think that if they just stay there they are going to just rot away to nothing. I wanted to become a writer but someone close to me said that writers are not that in demand right now so I ended up going to school to become a Network Administrator. I honestly don’t think that is something that I really want to do for the rest of my life. Thank you for listening to me ramble.

    • Henri says:

      Yes, definitely write if you feel like writing. That inner voice knows best. No one else can know what’s right for you, so you have to have the courage to follow your own path.

  49. It’s reassuring to think that things like doubt can actually be signs that you’re meant to be a writer — too many times, we let doubt become a roadblock. For many years I felt the impulse to write but did nothing about it; when I caught myself thinking, “I am a writer,” I would reprimand myself, saying, “No, a writer is someone who actually writes!” Then one day, I changed tactics, telling myself, “If you are a writer, then act like one. ‘Fake it, till you make it.’” That really opened the floodgates!

    I particularly like your fourth point, “Inspiration only comes to those who can use it.” Inspiration is a gift, and gifts are meant to be used!
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    • Henri says:

      Right on, Lisa.

      Doubts are just signs that you actually care about what you put out there. And sometimes it’s just old conditioning from when we grew up.

      It can feel uncomfortable, but as you write more, it starts falling away.

  50. Beth Gainer says:

    Love this post!! I was definitely meant to be a writer — forging through the doubts and difficulties to write anyway.

  51. Lizze says:

    It’s funny how what you need to hear/read always seems to find you at the moment you need it most…this post is one of those moments for me. Thank you for the fantastic insight.
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  52. Lorna says:

    By following your dream you have encouraged me

  53. Kelly Leiter says:

    I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated this post and that I recommended it on my blog for beginning writers.
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  54. Cosette Genereux says:

    Writing makes me feel so alive. I haven’t felt this feeling for several years. I feel the emotions of my characters to the point where I find myself crying. I am in the head of my characters. Painting a picture for my future readers is what I am doing. Presently I am writing my first fiction book.

  55. Great article! Thank you for sharing this. Now I know I am meant to be a writer!

  56. Franchesca says:

    Thank you Henri! Your article just stopped me from making, what could have been, the biggest mistake of my life. I AM meant to be a writer!

  57. Jerry D says:

    This is right on, and I gotta tell you, it hits home. These are all the things that bounce around in your head when you know you should be writing instead of doing anything else…..

  58. steve says:

    “Impact” isn’t a verb. And you’re telling me to be a writer…

  59. MIchelle Collins says:

    WOW. On the very day I was about to give up, I found this. Now I know why I’m feeling what I’m feeling. I kind of have a lump in my throat.
    Thank you.

  60. Henri says:

    You make some great points, James. Writing is about actually writing. But just because you don’t like motivational/inspirational articles doesn’t mean they’re useless.

    I understand that you come from a good place though. You left the comment to help people realize that you have to actually spit some stuff down. Without that, nothing happens.

    I appreciate you sharing your thoughts, James. Keep rocking!

  61. James says:

    Heck, people need to be discouraged, not encouraged, and the ones that make it through can have a sticker. The world is full of enough rubbish without this list of greetings card bromides generating more. Find thysen an interesting notion and an intellectual position. If this article is what gets you into writing, rather than something by James Joyce or Doris Lessing or Nick Laird or Tove Jansson or Chinua Achebe or China Mieville, then you are without hope because you seem to be motivated only by lazy cliche. Or perhaps you will inherit the earth as that seems to be the way things are going these days what with all the motivational images filling my Facebook news feed.

  62. Franchesca says:

    James, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Now that you’ve stated yours, SHUT UP! Just because you didn’t find it helpful, doesn’t mean everyone else didn’t. For me, this article wasn’t what got me into writing, it’s what helped encourage me not to give up. Some of us need that little extra push to keep us going. Obviously, your not one of those people. Good for you. Now get over it! Also, I find it funny that you said “if you think this article is edifying then put down the pen because whatever you’re about to write will suck balls.” Considering everything you said in your comments suck balls, you shouldn’t speak on someone else’s writing before its even written!

  63. Sammy says:

    Let me tell you something, these are ridiculous guidelines for being a writer. I am FURIOUS that is even popped up for advertisement on my own blog. Writers can be made from anything; ashes, broken hearts, ill souls, ANYTHING! I do not fit any of these guidelines yet I am a published author and I will be the first one to admit, I’m a DAMN GOOD author. Read my works if you don’t believe me. If I were you, change the title of this “blog” for it’s almost discriminating.

  64. I envy all the writers who realized what they were when they were still young. I’m 44 and I just finished my first novel. Now, to get published.

    There was a point when I realized what I was, and you summed it up perfectly. “But I know I was meant to do this, because doing anything else is torture.” Anything else is torture.

    My name is Matt, and I am a writer. Alert the universe!

  65. Thanu says:

    Your words made me believe; encouraged me to listen to my heart. It’s not that easy you know, as a student, with all the exams coming up. But still, I’m trying my best and I,ve got to say that I possess almost all of the 8 features you have given. Thanks for the support, keep it up! Great job! I’m really grateful.

  66. Jessica says:

    Your words are encouraging and I’m heartened to stumble across them tonight. I’m old, tired, and asking myself, “What fulfilling thing can I do to make the rest of my miserable life count for something?” My early urge to write was quelled by a parent’s intrusion into MY business. Several decades later I still soul search, job hop, toss and turn in my sleep, and experience deep and daily disappointment. I go on because I know I have something to say and one day I’ll find an eloquent and effective way to express it.

  67. Britt says:

    “But I know I was meant to do this, because doing anything else is torture.” Thank you Henri, with this piece of yours I feel rejuvenated to continue forward with what I know i want most in this world.