by Rhiannon Reintjens, Junior Editor for Non-Fiction at jaBlog!
It’s not until you put the words on the page that you can call yourself a writer. Often, putting the words on the page is harder than it sounds. To be a writer, you need to have the “write stuff’.”
What is the write stuff? It’s having the passion to write. It’s having the creativity to develop new and exciting ideas. It’s being persistent and never letting the fear of rejection stop you. Most importantly, it’s having the self-discipline to apply yourself to your writing.
While the passion is always there, the other qualities may not be. When that happens, a person with the write stuff will look for unlikely sources of inspiration. They welcome rejection, realizing that it is an opportunity to learn and improve their writing techniques. They will write anything that comes to mind, just so they can write.
If you’re like me, self-discipline doesn’t come easily. Sometimes it’s hard to find the motivation to write. But you have to make yourself write. No one can do it for you. If you need a little help when it comes to self-discipline, then you need what some writers call “bum glue.” It’s not literal glue; it’s more like a state of mind. It forces you to sit down and write every day, even when you don’t feel like it, so that you can accomplish your goals. A person with the write stuff has a tub of bum glue on their desk waiting to be used.
Being a writer can be difficult but it is one of the most fantastic jobs in the world. Having the write stuff and bum glue will ensure that you get the work done. Have you got them? I think you do.
Rhiannon Reintjens is a 19 year old Australian writer who has wanted to be a professional writer since she was five years old. She is working hard to achieve that dream. She is jaBlog!’s Junior Editor for Non-fiction.