Yes, that is the question and no, it is not a trick question. Ok, maybe that is a hard question to answer because you have not taken the time to answer these next questions?
1. Why do you want to write? — If you do not know why you want to write, you will not have a reason to persevere when the going gets tough?
2. Do you like to read? — If you do not like to read, you will never be a good writer.
3. Do you have a desire to share with others what is in your head and heart? — If you care less about whether anybody ever sees your writing on paper or on the computer, then don’t bother to try.
4. Is there anything you would rather do with your time? — If you would rather play games, surf the web, watch television, or go paintballing, then writing will just be a waste of your time.
5. Do you have an intermediate or long-term goal that involves putting thoughts in print? — If you do not, then you cannot expect to be able to establish any short term goals necessary to meet the long-term goals.
6. Does the fear of rejection keep you from accomplishing any goals? — If fear paralyzes you, then writing will only add to the problem. Writing is a series of rejections. You will reject words, paragraphs, and even entire manuscripts. Publishers will reject you by the scores. Bloggers and commenters will hate on you or just ignore your work. Family and friends will reject the idea that you CAN make a living as a writer.
So, the question again – To write or not to write?
You tell me! Better yet, write me. Write others. Write the world.
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