Being VS Becoming a Writer

May 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Dropping into Start Writing Fiction by Derek Neale at FutureLearn this summer, I’d like to excerpt the following on being a writer compared to becoming.

Remember, unlike many other kinds of work, writing is your training. A doctor trains for years before qualifying; a writer’s training is the writing itself. Without writing, a person can’t ‘become’ a writer. To say that a person has ‘a great book inside them’ might be true, but it isn’t saying anything more than that there are great stories everywhere, in everything, wherever you look, just waiting to be told. The trick is to tell them. Only that way do they ever become ‘stories’.

Being a writer by writing is how someone becomes a writer.  The quote resonates because while it is an old adage, it’s easily forgotten amongst the hype and tech surrounding writing.