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brokenfingers
01-11-2008, 03:00 AM
What makes a writer?

I’m thinking of becoming a writer again but this time I’d like to do it right. So I’m asking for your assistance, my fine fellow writers, in helping me choose the proper attributes/accoutrements I’ll need to be officially deemed a “writer”.

Please choose whatever you think it is you feel a writer needs to be called a writer.

Feel free to add anything you think a true writer should have...

ETA: I forgot to add 'A publishing contract' to the list. :(

truelyana
01-11-2008, 03:14 AM
Determinism?

TrainofThought
01-11-2008, 03:21 AM
I voted for Three walls of books instead of one; Expensive laptop; Lots of wine; Lots of liquor; Lots of coffee; Pens; Notepads; Journal; Issues; and Social Misfit.

Here are a few more:

Perseverance
Warm PJs
A Phone with Volume Control

Mel
01-11-2008, 03:23 AM
Imagination.
The will to sit down and just write.

ZannaPerry
01-11-2008, 03:24 AM
I'm a social misfit, so that helps me to write about other social misfits. :)

brokenfingers
01-11-2008, 03:28 AM
Oooooo, these are all good.

How about:

A good vocabulary?

truelyana
01-11-2008, 03:30 AM
Oooooo, these are all good.

How about:

A good vocabulary?

That really does help, especially an extensive range of vocabulary.

scarletpeaches
01-11-2008, 03:34 AM
Ooh, I have the tendency to depression and abusive childhood down pat.

I are writer, yes?

J. Weiland
01-11-2008, 03:36 AM
A comfortable chair, perhaps, and confidence in oneself.

Cranky
01-11-2008, 03:40 AM
I voted for the books thingy, but I also have one other criteria I think is critical. To quote my mother-outlaw "Sticktoitivness."

scarletpeaches
01-11-2008, 03:43 AM
Is this multiple choice?

Siddow
01-11-2008, 03:44 AM
Other: a spouse or SO or just some generous person shoveling money into your bank account.

scarletpeaches
01-11-2008, 03:45 AM
Ooh, it IS - and I picked all the ones I have!

There's no option for "Rich aunt in Sydney who buys you writerly toys" though, is there?

Thanks for the laptop and the Neo, Rhona.

brokenfingers
01-11-2008, 03:45 AM
Is this multiple choice?Yes, indeedy.

JoeEkaitis
01-11-2008, 03:48 AM
Other:

Fame and/or notoriety in a field completely unrelated to writing.

Silver King
01-11-2008, 04:01 AM
...ETA: I forgot to add 'A publishing contract' to the list. :(
The option has been added, thanks to our tireless and always helpful Supermod, dpaterso. :Thumbs:

reigningcatsndogs
01-11-2008, 04:08 AM
:e2poke:someone to prod you in the backside when you falter or doubt or lose focus:whip:

SpookyWriter
01-11-2008, 04:16 AM
Give up a high paying job so you can suffer for your art.

Shadow_Ferret
01-11-2008, 04:18 AM
An imagination and books (meaning being well-read).

And writing utensils.

scarletpeaches
01-11-2008, 04:20 AM
An imagination and books (meaning being well-read).

And writing utensils.

That's about it.

But toys help too. ;)

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg264/doriangrayspictures/Neo.jpg

DamaNegra
01-11-2008, 04:22 AM
Something to write on and something to write about.

SpookyWriter
01-11-2008, 04:23 AM
A good secretary.

http://www.autoblog.com/media/2006/11/babes---21.jpg

Williebee
01-11-2008, 04:26 AM
Determination
Persistence
A story to tell and someone to read it.

rhymegirl
01-11-2008, 04:34 AM
Some of that stuff on the list such as booze, water and coffee, pens, paper, computer, or at least paper.

And OTHER: Ideas and Good luck.

truelyana
01-11-2008, 04:36 AM
Biscuits?

zenwriter
01-11-2008, 04:41 AM
A deep inner rage that can be re-knit with words into something productive.

scarletpeaches
01-11-2008, 04:42 AM
A deep inner rage that can be re-knit with words into something productive.

Ooh. Now that, I like.

brokenfingers
01-11-2008, 05:39 AM
I just can't believe there's only one vote for cats. I thought it was in the standard contract. It seems like almost every writer's photo/post includes a cat.

Phew! Well, that's a relief.

truelyana
01-11-2008, 05:39 AM
We have cats, I just don't sit them down with me, when I'm writing.

scarletpeaches
01-11-2008, 05:40 AM
I don't have a cat.

SpookyWriter
01-11-2008, 05:51 AM
I don't have a cat.Oh gwad, how I wanted so badly to reply. :rant:

scarletpeaches
01-11-2008, 05:52 AM
Let's just pretend you said what you were thinking, and leave it at that, and we can both creep under the bannination-radar again...

TrainofThought
01-11-2008, 05:53 AM
I just can't believe there's only one vote for cats. I thought it was in the standard contract. It seems like almost every writer's photo/post includes a cat.

Phew! Well, that's a relief.NO WAY! I'D BUY A FISH BEFORE A CAT.

No offense to the cat lovers. ;)

DarkKnightJRK
01-11-2008, 05:54 AM
I imagine that some writers need different things because of different personalities and interpetations, but I would imagine that you at least need: a lot of books, a lot of inspriation, and a pen and paper. That's the bare essentials, I think.

Ziljon
01-11-2008, 06:38 AM
Time. It's the only thing. It's everything.

PrettySpecialGal
01-11-2008, 07:47 AM
A muse


to make dinner for you when you're wrapped up in whatever world you're carrying on about

maestrowork
01-11-2008, 08:10 AM
Polls with too many options.

ZannaPerry
01-11-2008, 08:51 AM
you know though.....I voted to need a cat because what if I wind up talking to myself as I write and I get caught? I'll say I was talking to the cat. :)

benbradley
01-11-2008, 09:10 AM
An avatar.

Joycecwilliams
01-11-2008, 09:53 AM
The other for me is determination, presservation, and talent.

akiwiguy
01-11-2008, 11:35 AM
Self-belief. No matter how many tutors, critiquers, friends or whoever say they like your work, at the end of the day you have to get turned on by your own writing.

eek_a_snake
01-11-2008, 01:01 PM
I voted for the cat and the unfinished manuscripts. Also imagination and self-delusion.

Other, for me, is a cheap laptop, an expensive printer, and a library card. And backups.

Bmwhtly
01-11-2008, 01:10 PM
I don't have a cat.<Insert pussy-cat joke here>

KTC
01-11-2008, 03:10 PM
Can I just answer none of the above and all or some of the above. You only need desire, but I don't see that as one of your options.

scarletpeaches
01-11-2008, 03:56 PM
Nick’s words reverberated in her head again. “The pages are terrific. Keep going. And don’t look back,” he had told her. And then, more thoughtfully, he had added: “Listen, kid, you’ve got talent. But talent isn’t enough. You’ve also got to have dedication, discipline, determination and drive. You’ve got to be obsessed with a book. Without that obsession it won’t work. And there’s another D. D for desire. That must be there too. You’ve got to want to write more than you want to do anything else, and you’ve got to be prepared to make sacrifices to do it.” He had grinned in his impish way. “There’s a sixth D, and this one is vital. D for distraction, the enemy of every writer. You’ve got to build an imaginary wall around yourself so that nothing, no one intrudes. Understand me, kid?”

-Barbara Taylor Bradford

There. The woman can't write worth a damn, especially in her later books (it's like she got lazy) but she has a point here, I think.

ona
01-11-2008, 04:29 PM
Yes, several good points. I agree with most of that , except obsession. I'd choose the word passion, and at times dispassion.

I don't agree with the walls, either. You can't create good art that way. You need space, but not wallls.

The cat is essential; indispensable.

ona
01-11-2008, 04:30 PM
Shall I correct wallls ? It looks extra wallish that way.

Devil Ledbetter
01-11-2008, 04:43 PM
Alphasmart Neo was not on the list?

akiwiguy
01-11-2008, 05:28 PM
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You’ve got to want to write more than you want to do anything else, and you’ve got to be prepared to make sacrifices to do it.
:
-Barbara Taylor Bradford



I think there's a kind of paradox here too. It's very pertinent to people such as myself who work from home, which requires real discipline. Although the end may be that "I want to write more than anything else", it is probably by making the "everything else" an absolute number one priority that will enable that.

In other words, one of the Ds, Discipline, I dont think of in relation to a struggle to make myself sit down and write, so much as to really become focused and efficient in other essential areas of my life. That includes family. Instead of blobbing watching TV or something, it might require doing really quality things together for shorter lengths of time. Which is actually great as it happens.

Although it is not yet reality, I have begun to realise that if I worked hard from say 6:00 am, I could probably kill my day's paid work by not much after lunchtime. That leaves a hell of a lot of time for writing. But dick around all day, and that lack of motivation is almost certainly going to impact on my writing, in terms of both available time and motivation.

C.bronco
01-11-2008, 05:58 PM
diet pepsi

scarletpeaches
01-11-2008, 06:02 PM
diet pepsi

Diet my arse.

I remember being out with a group of friends and it was my (now ex-) boyfriend's round. All the other women asked for vodka and diet pepsi, rum and diet coke...he looked at me and I said, "JD."

"What do you want in it?"

"Nothing. Just JD."

"You're going to drink it...neat?"

"Yes."

"You don't want diet coke?"

"Do I look like I need diet anything?"

He is now my ex-boyfriend.

Jaycinth
01-11-2008, 08:21 PM
I checked 'Social Misfit' because whenever I decide to work on my social life, I wind up not writing.

When my friends, family and acquaintances are P.O'd at me, I get a lot of writing done.

Of course a cat is good, but food, water, and a working toilet are also necessary.

Oh......and air.