Sometimes I get asked what makes someone a writer.
First response: You have to have the imagination.
But it is not enough. I mean, every kid has imagination, right?
When I look around the faces of children who consider themselves writers versus those who do not, when I look around at blogs that feature wonderful news from aspiring/established writers, when I look at my own stories.....one thing stands out--
The kids who write don't give up.
The bloggers who move from aspiring to established continued to climb the mountain, even when it was hard.
And every story that I manage to finish is a battle well fought and won.
Those who make it as writers do not surrender. They do not lay down their pens nor close their laptops in disgust when the right words do not come. They stay and fight.
And when you fight to get the words down, when you don't give up, you realize it's not a war at all. (Well, the war is not with the words...it's with yourself and your own will. )
No one who ever made it gave up.
So, if you know in your heart of hearts that you are a writer, then you know what you have to do. You have to stand tough. You have to write strong. You must let no one tell you that you can't do it.
Because you can.