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British author Tim Lott wrote an article for website The Guardian, and the piece is his reaction to a poll that says that 60% of Britons want to be an author (you can find Lott’s article here). Now, no writer – whether published or unpublished – needs to be told that writing is not as fun as it seems. It’s the kind of thing that is both fun and arduous, by turns liberating, sometimes limiting, frustrating, and suffocating. Writers know this kind of feeling, being torn between wanting to write and wanting to throw the laptop out of the window and forever get…

It’s a question all writers come to, at a certain point in life. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re published, or from where you’re coming, or what your day job is or how positive the people around you are. At some point, a writer starts questioning himself or herself. Why do I write? What’s the point? Stories that seemed incredibly brilliant at the start begin dragging on the more you write. Characters start feeling two-dimensional, as if your writing does not give them any justice – or even a semblance of. Events go downhill, plot twists start feeling contrived,…

In this post on CreativInfluence, I talked about what it takes to write, and a brief recap would bring us to four key elements I’ve mentioned: awareness, patience, discipline, and courage. These four essential elements that a writer should have will be, however, for naught, if we lose track of the meaning and purpose of writing. I’ll talk about that today, though I did touch on that in brief, in the aforementioned post. To start, I will bring in, again, J.G. Ballard, with a brief quote about the writer: We live inside an enormous novel… The fiction is already there. The…