There's a huge gap between acting the writer, and being one. Want to know if you're the real deal or just a fake? Read on…
The critique group
A real writer submits and crits with passion. Feels the pain when on the receiving end, and does her utmost to make the most of the feedback she gets. The tourist uses it as an excuse to foist their work on others with no intention of changing a damn thing.
The tourist writes for herself. The writer chooses whether to write for herself, her audience, or both – and is smart enough to know the difference.
The tourist subs the first draft and after the first rejection takes up knitting. The real writer keeps working after 50 rejections. The real writer keeps working.
The tourist wants to get her story published. The writer wants to tell her story in the best way she possibly can.
The tourist wouldn't dream of writing when ill, tired or supposed to be at work – the writer writes when suffering all three.
The real writer knows when to ignore smart-arse writing advice like all the above.
The real writer would click the 'follow' button just over on the right there…