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Jul112005

Tip I: Love Writing

If you find writing to be a chore; if you grumble each time your editor gives you an extra assignment; if you'd rather be doing something else other than writing, you should be asking yourself: "What am I doing in this profession?" If you don't love writing, give up. You really have no business being a writer because you won't be very good at it. It's as simple as that.

“Writing a book is like rearing children – willpower has very little to do with it. If you have a little baby crying in the middle of the night, and if you depend only on willpower to get you out of bed to feed the baby, that baby will starve. You do it out of love. Willpower is a weak idea; love is strong. You don't have to scourge yourself with cat-o'-nine tails to go to the baby. You go to the baby out of love for that particular baby. That's the same way you go to your desk… I write because I love writing.”
– Donald M. Murray, writing coach and Boston Globe columnist.

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