To be or not To be

To be or not to be . . . A Writer!

To be a writer is not just a matter of writing words on a page.

The words must have meaning to someone; they must show how a story unfolds. This is true of both fiction and non-fiction because what is the point if there is no flow of meaning?

To be a writer is not just a matter of writing words on a page.

The writer must be in the business of writing. They must put aside time in each day to write their words; they must give these words to someone for a purpose. This is true of both fiction and non-fiction because what is the point if only the writer sees their words?

To be a writer is not just a matter of writing words on a page.

To be called an author, the writer must put their work up to the market to be judged; they must submit their work for ‘worth’ to the appropriate market. This is true of both fiction and non-fiction because what is the point of spending all that time, effort and research on something that has no value to anyone but the writer?

To be a writer is not just a matter of writing words on a page.

The writer must research deeply into the subject matter of the writing; they must know their readers will not stop and say ‘But this makes no sense,’ or, worse, ‘This is not factual/true.’ This applies to both fiction and non-fiction because what is the point of words that annoy the intended reader – or do not impart the facts/truth/perception of such?

To be a writer is not just a matter of writing words on a page.

The creator must plan each stage and plot of the unfolding story. Sometimes they must decide if the story is best told back to front, or at a skew from a standard timeline, or maybe even chronological. There must be a structure: a beginning somewhere, a middle and an end; a point of entering the ‘building’ and knowing how to find the way around; to know there is a way in and out. This is true of both fiction and non-fiction because what is the point if a reader cannot understand how or why or where things are happen?

To be a writer is not just a matter of writing words on a page.

The creator must lay aside the work, re-read and replay the scene, restructure and repair, until the structure and the presentation and the journey are exactly as the story means it to be.

That is what it is to be a writer.

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