Are You Really a Writer?

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Maybe you’ve noticed them too: the number of self-proclaimed “writers” in online writing communities who are seemingly in love with the idea and image of being a writer. But actually writing and doing what’s needed to be a decent writer, not so much.

Best identified, ignored and avoided. Which can be tricky if you’re just starting out in your pursuit of a writing career, since they can talk a good game and can lead you astray, at least until you become seasoned enough to figure out they’re just full of it. But there are some tell-tale signs, adequately pointed out in the meme. Oh, they’re crappy at “research” as well, too lazy to figure out and use Google to answer simple questions. The signs are all there. (If this is behavior you exhibit yourself, maybe some soul searching may be in order before you waste any more time on a dead end.)

These kinds of folks aren’t exclusive to writing, of course. There are lots among “entrepreneurs,” for example, and other niche special interest groups. I guess it’s just way easier to spot them in groups of writers and book authors.

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