Writing Practice – why it’s time to stop thinking of writing as a profession
(Writing Tips Tuesday) This fantastic article is by Damien Walter talks about looking at writing as more of a practice than a profession. We put so much pressure on ourselves to be counted as “professionals” that we often lose sight of our passion. Just take a look at this and I think it will give you a different out look!
If you go to a good art school (and yes you STEM readers out there, such places do exist) they teach you to think of your art as a practice. And yourself as a practitioner. There’s a purpose to this tradition, although admittedly it takes most art students – myself included – until well after they graduate and are in to their practice to understand why.
Before I say more about practice, I should say why I think this idea is useful at this time for writers. Today the writing world is in a certain amount of turmoil. Digital technology means that the limitations imposed by print have evaporated overnight. And although the change could be seen coming long ago, many writers and publishers are struggling psychologically to adapt. Questions like whether it is still possible to earn a living as a writer, whether self-publishing is a viable route for…
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