A few days ago, I was assigned to write an article on how to write articles.
The internet is spilling over with instant tips on every subject under the sun, and not surprisingly, I found millions of hits on tips +”how to write” on google, Yahoo, MSN and each of the fancy search engines I tried.
My head buzzing, I decided to take a break and brew myself some green tea….does green tea flush out toxins from the brain as well as from the body, I wonder?
There was a sense of mushy nostalgia as I remembered the first article I had written on a laptop with broken keys for “i” and “y”, and how I had to copy paste these letters on most of the words I wrote.
It was painstaking, frustrating, and endlessly discouraging. But I hung in there: and got a measly 20 quid for one whole day of sweat and tears!
Needless to say, I was delirious, ecstatic. I called everyone far and near to tell them about how I had made my first money as a writer!
So when I sat down again to write my article, I realized that a writer’s biggest quality, if he or she is to write something at all and get paid for it (and maybe someday become famous) is to remember the two words: Persistence pays.
You might be a goldmine of talent, imagination and capability, but it will not do you any good unless you have started writing.
So stick to it, and write, write, write. That is what I have to say to myself and to everyone anywhere who wants to become a writer.