By Mike AKA The Professor
The difference between That Skillfully Crafted, Top Prize Winning, Front Page Ready Success and yours is What? The Years Of High Standing as a Product of the Educational System?? The Degrees in those Accredited English Literature and Journalism Courses? The Letters B.A., M.A., Ph.D or even designations like “Teacher, Doctor or Professor” perhaps. If you are like most writers especially those whose self confidence is lacking, the answer that pops into your mind is “Mine just isn't good enough”! But why isn't it “Good Enough?”
Many people believe that they need to be as educated as is necessary to have the qualifications to be accepted as a writer in newspapers, print, or on the internet. While I don't deny that education is the best way to achieve credibility because of the high academic standards. Such accreditation from any of the fine Establishments of Higher Education simply proclaims to prospective employers, your possible potential for success as expected.
Is that True? Is that the only way to achieve your goal in writing? Is every writer who has written a best selling short story, poetic copulation, novel, an exception expose or movie screenplay a university graduate, a college professor or an Ivy league person of letters? The answer may surprise you! That answer is No! Some of the best known authors, screenwriters, journalists, playwrights, lyricist and writers were everyday people who simply love to express themselves in print.
Many fine writers, journalist and well known authors didn't have any letters behind their names in print. Here are just a few of them. Jack London, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), Charles Dickens, Walt Disney, John Chancellor , John Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Benjamin Franklin, Harper Lee, Stan Lee(Marvel Comics) Susan Lyne, Rod McKuen, George Bernard Shaw, J.D. Salinger, Leo Tolstoy, Leon Uris, DeWitt Wallace and Emile Zola
It may be that one important factor has been left out when people think about writing as a career. The ideal that great writers can be mass produced is erroneous to say the least. While the grammar, spelling and fundamentals can be taught to anyone only those who have the inspiration, desire, sheer determination and the dedication will be the writers who are successful. These are those qualities that can overcome almost anything. All you really need to do it right, is you must want it bad enough! Yes Really That Bad! Honest!
If you want to be a writer you will do what it takes to achieve your goals. I'm not preaching destiny nor fate here my friends. It will be an uphill battle and there will be obstacles to overcome. The one thing that is for certain is that the person who knows they can, has the want to succeed and the passion to follow through on those dreams will make it happen! Talent like cream always rises to the top. If you invest in yourself you will find a way because desire is your motivation and determination is your impetus.
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While nothing beats a skilled editor, copy and proof reader these programs can help writers of all levels immensely. First a good quality Word processor is needed. It should be equipped with a spellchecker and word counter. Free ones like Open Office, LibreOffice, Angelwriter and Abwords will provide Spelling and Grammar assistance and are found here in the Writers Resources and Links.
Thanks for reading and be sure to leave me a comment, question or response in the comment section below! The Next topic in the series will appear next week so see you then. Regards Mike AKA the Professor.
RePublished May 3rd 2015