The Importance of Being True to Yourself

             
       When you start off as a writer, it is easy to let others make
       decisions for you and to tell you what to do and not do. After all,
       since you are beginning your writing career, you feel like a  novice
       and you want to do the best that you can and be the best that you
       can as soon as you can.
      
       One of the most important things that you can do for yourself
       as a writer is to be true to yourself. Make sure that you know
       exactly what you want to write. If you are unsure about what you
       want to write, it is important for you to take stock of YOUR likes
       and dislikes. Maybe examine your hobbies. What do you enjoy
       doing in your spare time? What book and magazine titles are you
       drawn to when you go to the bookstore?
      
       By answering these questions, you will become acutely aware
       of what you are interested in. Then you could start researching in
       these different areas and determining what you topics really
       fascinate you. This way, you will be writing about what YOU
       want to write about and now what someone else is telling you to
       write about. And that is emancipation at its best!
      
       But, more importantly, you can tailor your writing to your
       temperament and to your hobbies and goals. And it is so
       important that you write about what YOU like. Don’t be
       manipulated by other individuals, even if they are supposed
       experts, to write about things that you aren’t interested in.  Make
       sure that what you write about you are passionate about!
      
       ~ Happy writing!
       ~ Irene

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