There’s an old saying-you have to be a self-starter in order to
be a successful writer. Although I agree with this, and I think I
may fall under that category myself, I don’t think that
individuals who rely on others for a bit of encouragement lack
the perseverence needed to be a successful writer.
Many writers are confused about what it really means to be
a self-starter. There are many degrees of self-starters. Some
need no encouragement from others and are totally self-
sufficient. Others, need some encouragement, but could carry
on pretty well on their own. Still others, need quite a bit of
encouragement, but once they get motivated they could write a
fire storm of manuscripts the likes of which no one can repeat.
Typically, self-starters have the following characteristics:
1. They can start projects and complete them on their own;
2. They can set writing goals and fulfil them;
3. They can get themselves motivated, even after rejections;
4. They can carry on, even when the going gets tough;
5. They have perspicacity, regardless of how successful they
6. They know that they are okay, right now, just as they
Do you have any of these characteristics? If you do, you are
a self-starter. You should be most successful in your writing.
But even if you’re not, you will be the happiest writer.
~ Happy writing!