Nurture the writer within

Nurture the writer within

For several months, I worked for a small town newspaper as staff reporter. I wrote front-page news, feature stories, editorials, obituaries, classified ad copy – you name it – I did it. I was on the payroll making minimum wage but I was improving my writing ability every day. Little did I know that the hands-on experience I received was way better than attending a writer’s class. I was out there, reporting the news and honing my craft at the same time.

With the experience I gained from working at the paper, many good things have come from it. I started my own business about 12 years ago and it is still in operation today – I started my own newspaper.

My advice to writers: keep believing in yourself, and don’t give up. Write every single day, even if it’s no more than a letter, or a paragraph in your diary or journal. The key is to write everyday.

You may never own your own newspaper (that was what I chose – it’s all I knew at the time, and I needed a job!). But you can have your own writing business if you tried hard enough. It’s not easy – a lot of hard work goes into everything you do.
I found my venue to hone my writing cravings and so can you.

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