Guts are Essential
Being a writer takes more than talent. The profession demands dedication, determination and sacrifice, in other words, guts.
A writer dedicates his life to his craft and pours all his personal resources into his work.
A writer is not satisfied with commonly held knowledge, but being determined to communicate more effectively, researches the tiniest detail and hones his skills to get each phrase just right.
A writer sacrifices his time and relationships. Focused, forsaking sleep and outside distraction, hours and even years may be spent in solitary effort on a project.
A writer loves and hates his work in the space of one heartbeat.
A writer shares his closely held experiences and memories even if they are painful because he's driven to. The resulting catharsis, may not even be his, but the reader's.
A writer risks his hopes and dreams on the understanding and appreciation of people he's never met.
A writer perseveres when there is no end in sight.
A writer may even pay the ultimate price for sharing his beliefs. Freedom of speech is not always guaranteed.
It takes guts to be a writer.