Discouragement for young writers

Writing rivals sprinting or ballet in its inegalitarianism. Many people simply do not have it. You can work your ass off every day and still be terrible. More likely, you will work your ass off every day and be serviceable, while some pretentious jerk with half your dedication can toss off something in 15 minutes that blows your shit away. Yes, you need to read a lot. Yes, you need to write a lot. Yes, you need to practice your craft. You can do all of that religiously and still suck. That’s life.

So inspiring. Too bad I’m going to keep writing here every day. As Austin Kleon says….

By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.