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Are You An Aspiring Writer?

Naturally, folks who’ve already been published could consider themselves aspiring writers.

Aspiring Writers

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Looking at the word origins of “aspire” in my Oxford English Dictionary, I find “to breathe before”

So, even though a person writing their first book is usually considered an aspiring writer, I certainly need to breathe (a lot) before I write my seventh book :-)

And, to make even more sense of this aspiration, the root of “spira”—breathe—can also mean “fill with spirit”

So, all you aspiring writers out there, even the ones who haven’t yet sat down and tried their hand at this thing called writing-on-purpose—“being” a “writer”—gather ’round and consider:

Some Questions for The Serious Writer . . .

The Successful Writer

And, How Writers Handle Criticism

Just a few past posts on this blog that those who want to arrange words with a bit of spirit might find valuable

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And, I’ll also share a video with four aspiring writers—Orna Ross, Jessica Bell, Roz Morris, and Kevin Boothtalking about How To Write A Book

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4 responses to “Are You An Aspiring Writer?

  1. milliethom January 29, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I suppose I come into the category of aspiring writers, Alexander. I’ve now started writing my third book. I was interested to read your post on criticism from the link above. I haven’t had any harsh criticism yet and wonder how I’ll react to it when I do. it’s understandable that not everyone will like an author’s book, so I know I must be prepared for unfavour able remmarks at some stage. I just hope they keep their knives sheathed when they write and try to be constructive in what they say. (I can dream, can’t I?) Interesting video, too.
    I have your book (Amazon, and will start reading it as soon as I’ve finished the novel I’m in the middle of.

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  2. libraryassociate January 29, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    The video was a great comfort to me. Isn’t that odd I just felt for one of the first times in my life like a writer as I listened to these creators talk. Even with their funny voices. :)


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