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Writing Is Like a Bamboo Plant

When you decide to grow a bamboo plant, you’re making a commitment. You plant the seed, water it, and wait.

Year one – no growth.

Year two – no growth.

Year three – no growth.

Year four – no growth.

Year five – you get a shoot. And then, six weeks later, the plant is eighty feet tall.

You laid the foundation for five years and finally, something grows and it’s healthy and strong.

I’ve met many people who tell me they want to write. It’s easy to imagine the romantic writer…he or she sits at a computer, inspired. The words flow, the pages grow. Everything makes sense. Then, the novel is done and two weeks later you’re on the bestseller lists amidst much acclaim. Soon your novel is a movie and you’re famous.

Well, the above is a fairy tale. Yes, you have to have creativity to be an author, but you also must have perseverance. You have to be able to grind it out. Day after day, you work on your novel. You learn the craft. You research. You rewrite what you’ve already written. And you rewrite it again. And again. And you wind up loving those pages. But then you have to cut them. Ouch.

Finally, your novel is done but now you have to sell it. There are thousands of books published per day in the United State. It’s a lot of competition.

But you learned a valuable craft. Just like a bamboo plant, you laid the foundation to have a skill set that you can use the rest of your life, and you grew as a result.

You must have grit. You must have perseverance. You must have determination.

So, if you want to be a writer, know what you’re getting into.

Or, you can be a reader. And that’s fun too!

Life is to enjoy; however you decide to do it.


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