When I first saw this quote, I cocked my head and looked at it like a calf looking at a new gate – yes, I’m from Texas. My first reaction was, Wait! That’s not right. People sometimes tell me things like I don’t know how you think of all the things you write about. My standard comment is that’s just the way my mind works or I guess it kind of comes natural.
As I thought some more about the quote, though, I realized that, although writing comes naturally to me, it doesn’t come easily. I’m a pretty private person, but I’ve learned that in order to make my writing meaningful, I have to be open and vulnerable. Besides that, I don’t take criticism well, and once you release your writing to the public, you are open to criticism from all quarters. Most of all, a writer cares about his or her craft. Articles that were once composed almost carelessly are now written with every critic and every editor I’ve ever encountered looking over my shoulder, watching for an error in grammar, a plot inconsistency, or a character who is not true to himself.
So, if you have aspirations of being a writer, and if you think it will be as easy as sitting down in front of a keyboard, you might want to think on it a bit more. According to Thomas Mann, it might be more difficult than you think.
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