As a freelance editor, I work with all kinds of different writers—from those racing to make the tight publishing timelines set by their publishers to those who are just starting off on their journey.
Sometimes I’m the very first person a writer has ever shown their manuscript to.
Sometimes I’m the first person they’ve ever shown their writing to at all.
And if there’s one question I get asked by newer writers more than any other, it’s this: Based on what you’re seeing here, should I bother to pursue this?
Or, to put it another way: Do I have what it takes to succeed as writer?
These are generally people who have had some other path, professionally speaking, and are now revisiting their first love, creative writing. They’ve written a book, or part of a book, and now they want to know, considering the time and effort that would be involved with pursuing this passion, whether it would be worth it for them to do so.
I understand why they’re asking, but it’s a hard question to answer.
Read the rest of this post in my latest for Jane Friedman’s blog…