Anyone of sufficient intelligence can be an engineer. Writing requires something that can’t be taught in a classroom… not everyone can be a writer.
You are a writer… don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. And remember… you don’t exist to be validated by others… only you have the right to do that.
“You’re not a writer,” a friend told me over drinks last week. “I mean, what have you written other than what’s on this blog?” I sat stunned, speechless. My attempt at publicizing my new blog had obviously fallen flat on its face. This guy was actually challenging my very right to have a blog, and that made me highly defensive.
“Well,” I stammered around for an answer, “I did an English degree. I’ve done a lot of speech writing. I edited a small newspaper. I’ve written for myself for many years; I have boxes of journals and diaries at home.” I hated feeling like I had to justify my ability to write.
That wasn’t good enough for him. “Writing is fundamentally an egotistical and selfish act. No offense!” I was furious, but tried to remain calm. “How so?”
“You’re cutting yourself off from everyone else in order to develop your…
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