We will be back nest week with the fourth and final installment in the content curation series, and remember, because we’re now on our summer posting schedule at Copyblogger, the episode will be posted on Thursday, not Friday, of next week, just like this one was. All right, everybody. Take care, and we will talk to you next week.Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Writer? Answer This Question to Find Out … Let’s say this: You’ve been a graphic designer since high school, went to college, and got a degree in computer science. You have a blog. You don’t publish frequently, but when you do, you get traction.
How about this: You are middle-aged woman philippines photo editor who’s been a successful CPA with a large firm for 10 years. While the pay is divine, you are not entirely happy. In fact, if pushed, you’d probably say you hate your job. You’ve been breaking out the journal before bed each night. Here’s another one: You own a business. It’s septic tank installation. One you inherited from your father. Septic tank installing is all you’ve ever known. But a little over two years ago you were involved in a tragic accident. And you think the story needs to be told. Each scenario above is based upon a real-life conversation I’ve had with someone. I’ve changed the details to protect privacy, but it doesn’t really matter.
What matters is that you understand what I’m trying to do. At some point in the conversation these people ask me: “Should I become a writer? Do I have what it takes?” Usually what they want me to do is evaluate something they wrote. At first I was like, “Why not?” Maybe I can help people get on their way with a career in writing. But over time I stopped accepting the invitation, and just got blunt. Instead, when someone asks me, “Can you read this and tell me if I have a shot at writing?” this is what I tell them: No. I will not read what you wrote. There is a better way to tell if you could make it as a writer.