This might seem squishy, but if you’re meant to be a writer, you know what I mean.
There is no substitute for the love of writing. For the passion of getting the words right, the head-scratching and the pacing around the house and the endless drafts that aren’t quite right yet.
If you don’t love language and your topic and the act of putting words together, none of the rest of this really means anything.
I could have just as easily used Compulsion, Obsession, or Bullheadedness for this section. Whichever word you choose, it’s about refusing to settle for weak writing, because the words matter.
Writing for self-expression can be high art, pursued for the sake of your own experience of truth and beauty.
Professional writers work from an attitude of serving their audience. Serving them with truthful, beautiful words, yes. But also with language that meets their…