The blog Writing in a Dead World posted this funny list last week, and it got me wondering, what DOES every serious writer need? Is there one trait that is shared by all successful writers?
The list probably comes close when it says that every writer needs a passion for words — though I’ll bet some writers have a stronger passion for ideas, emotional openness, or instruction than they do for those pesky little delivery systems known as diction and syntax.
Maybe the common thread for writers who’ve been able to sustain successful careers is some mixture of persistence, stubbornness, and delusion. They have to believe, often in the face of much indifference or criticism, that what they’re writing is important enough to one day command the attention of readers.
What do you think? Despite all the differences in temperament, topic, genre, and style, is there a single quality that all good writers must possess? Let me know your take in the comments below.
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