Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Author?

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It takes a particular personality type to be an author. Do you make the grade? The following are some of the essential ingredients.

1. Are you a seeker after truth?

2. Are you tenacious?

3. Are you patient?

4. Are you a dreamer?

5. Are you a perfectionist when it comes to words?

6. Do you have mental stamina?

7. Do you feel passionate about things?

8. Do you have an overactive imagination?

9. Do you love reading?

10. Do you love research?

11. Do you have a love of learning?

12. Are you interested in people?

13. Are you interested in life?

14. Do you like your own company?

15. Do you have lower than average self-esteem?

16. Do you doubt yourself at least five times a day?

17. Do you think you can deal with being poor for the rest of your life? If you answered ‘NO’ don’t waste your time any further.

18. Can you take rejection?

19. Are you selfish when it comes to your time?

20. Are you able to resist checking your email, Facebook and Twitter for at least an hour? Ok, make it half an hour.

21. If you are a children’s author would you feel like bopping the next person who said, ‘When are you going to write an adult book?’

22. If you are a children’s author would you feel like wringing the neck of the 523rd people who told you that you might be the next JK Rowling?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all of the above then congratulations, you have a very good chance of becoming a professional writer.

7 thoughts on “Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Author?

  1. LOL That’s a funny list, filled with truth 🙂 I would argue with #14 and #16, however… I think it’s my optimistic nature that has helped me to have the determination to keep at it and the self-belief that I have something to offer. I’m also really a people person, although I don’t mind spending time by myself. I think in writing, like everything else in life, it’s a case of, “To thine own self, be true”.

  2. Karen, I have now changed #14. I didn’t mean it to read that writers don’t like being with people, just that they don’t mind being alone inside their heads for most of the day. ‘Determination’ should be added to this list. A definite plus especially while on that long hard journey to being published. (:

  3. Haha, maybe I -can- become an author.
    I Said yes to practically all of these.
    Except for the low esteem one.
    Do all authors actually have lower than average esteem?

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